Saturday, April 14, 2007

You have got to be kidding!

From The Washington Times:

Knave: Residents of Littleton, Colo. who oppose a statue honoring fallen Navy SEAL Danny Dietz.

In June 2005, Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Dietz, 25, was wounded in Afghanistan in an al Qaeda ambush. He managed to hold off the attackers for nearly an hour, allowing a fellow SEAL to escape, after which he succumbed to his very severe injuries. Posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his valor, he will soon be honored in his hometown of Littleton with a bronze statue of the young serviceman holding his rifle -- a brave pose for a brave man who sacrificed his life in the line of duty.
Unfortunately, this week, the location of the statue has become a point of contention. The unveiling is scheduled for July 4 in a park that is adjacent to three schools and is a few miles from Columbine High School. where in 1999 two teens killed 12 students and a teacher in a massacre that shook the country. Critics suggest that a statue with a gun should not be in such close proximity to impressionable children, especially in light of the fresh memories of Columbine.
Petty Officer Dietz grew up in Littleton and attended school in the buildings adjacent to the park, and his statue can serve as an inspiration to be a hero for the children who will walk by him daily. Perhaps those opposed to the statue would do well to explain to their impressionable children the difference between a hero who defends his country proudly and with a rifle and a coward who uses weapons to terrorize and murder innocent people. Luckily, the unveiling is right on schedule.
For dishonoring a hero, the folks in Littleton, Colo. who oppose the statue of Danny Dietz are the Knaves of the
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