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Sunday, September 02, 2012

"No Easy Day"- Puts all Americans in Harms Way

All Americans should be outraged by the opportunist US Navy Seal who released his version of what happened during the raid on the Bin Laden compound.  Al Qaeda, the Taliban and any of their sympathizers, anywhere in the world, now have a hard copy  cause to use against Americans in a vengeful act of retaliation.  If any American is harmed as a result of his book, the victims or their survivors should sue the person behind the book for damages.

Although it was only a matter of time when someone would have broken with the SEAL silence tradition to describe what happened the night Bin Laden was murdered in Pakistan, but to "come out" so soon after the event puts more than the author in harms way.  Pseudonym "Mark Owen", who is apparantly a retired US Navy Chief, should recall how any anti Muslim publicity puts the author and their followers in the path of revenge.

Recall the author Salmon Rushtie:
"Salmon Rushtie is planning to write a book about the decade he spent in hiding after Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him." 

A fatwa is a decree issued by a qualified Muslim official and the issuance put Rushtie into hiding for a decade.  In other words, Rushtie's life was in danger.

Another example, remember the Denmark newspaper's anti-Muslim cartoon and subsequent damage.

"Denmark and Norway on Tuesday tried to curb the damage caused by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published in a Danish newspaper, while Arab interior ministers called on Denmark to "firmly sanction" the authors of the caricatures."
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

Fox News released the pseudonym person behind the name. 

 His colleagues know and understand the risk.

Current and former SEALs criticized Owen for speaking out. “How do we tell our guys to stay quiet when this guy won’t?” one SEAL told Fox while others reportedly called Owen a “traitor.”

Navy Seal "Owen" (real name Matt Bissonnette) had no business breaking faith with his colleagues, to take advantage of his role in the infamous  and successful raid.  

Of course, now the book is out and the author will reap financial success, regardless of who is harmed as a result of its publication.  Therefore, the money earned by the publication of "No Easy Day" should be shared among all who took part in the raid on the secret Bin Laden compound.  

"No Easy Day" has created dangerous days ahead for Americans traveling around the world.  

Author "Owen" broke a sacred SEAL tradition, one supported by his colleagues.  If he felt his version of the raid was necessary because he didn't want the President of the United States to reap credit for the raid, then the former Navy Chief forgot the oath he took every time he accepted a re-enlistment bonus to support the Constitution and the President of the United States.

Of course, freedom of the press is essential to our rights as American citizens, but individual responsibility should pre-empt one person's opportunist ability to use this right to his own advantage.

"No Easy Day" will do more harm than good.  In fact, I don't believe the book will do any good at all except to make the author wealthy.

Being he happens to live in isolated Alaska, the chances of him or his family being put in harms way as a result of the book's publication are as remote as his location.  Other Americans, however, are at risk by one man's obsession with his own opinion about the Bin Laden raid.



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