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Frank Salvato is the
Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for
non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His
writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee
and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization,
BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the
International Analyst Network.
He also serves as the managing editor for
The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a
regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show,
nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on
NetTalkWorld Global Talk
Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around
the world. Mr. Salvato is also heard weekly on
The Roth Show with Dr.
Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the USA Radio Network. His
opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The
Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is
occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public
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May 28, 2010
"There are the demons that follow
me, and tempt me into thoughts and actions that are not my own...but that are
necessary for survival. I've made compromises with my humanity. And I am not
alone in this. Miles from me are my brethren in this world, who walk in the same
streets...who feel the same things, whether they admit to it or not. And to
think, I volunteered for this...”
the words of a young United States Army sergeant, Eddie Jeffers. They are
part of a letter that he had sent home to his Father in 2007 while serving in
the Iraqi battle theater; Ramadi, to be specific. It remains one of the most
powerful pieces of writing – perhaps the most powerful piece of writing –
that I have ever laid eyes on. It is pure, raw honesty put to paper.
Although I have become a friend to the Jeffers Family, I was never privileged
enough to have met Sgt. Jeffers. Eddie was killed not long after he penned those
words, a casualty of war; a war he understood; a war he believed in.
Sgt. Jeffers, Eddie, understood that the freedoms guaranteed to us in the US
Constitution – our "unalienable rights” – don’t come from government or a piece
of paper. In his understanding of the
Charters of Freedom – The Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution
and The Bill of Rights – he recognized the purposeful inclusion of this passage:
"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...”
Sgt. Jeffers understood that in the phrase "all men are created equal,” and
with the inclusion of the word "unalienable,” that the right to Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness” was something that was applicable to all people
everywhere; that these unalienable rights are applicable to Iraqis and all
peoples of the world just as they are applicable to Americans.
Young Sgt. Jeffers also understood that there was good and evil in the world. He
understood that bad men – tyrants, barbarians, oppressors, dictators and despots
– exist in the world; men who would think nothing of brutally torturing,
maiming, raping and murdering those who would not acquiesce to their will;
tormentors who would squelch innocent life simply to amass power and wealth.
Eddie Jeffers, a young man all of 23-years old at his death, understood that but
for the dedication of the valiant to safeguard the freedoms and liberties,
"endowed” to us by the Creator, that these tormentors would succeed in their
quest. He understood that to safeguard and/or provide liberty and freedom for
the most oppressed amongst us is to safeguard it for all the peoples of the
world. In acting on this belief, in defending liberty and providing freedom, he
made the ultimate sacrifice.
It is because of Sgt. Jeffers’ sacrifice that I hold in contempt those who
ignore or minimize the efforts of our brave men and women who serve(ed) in Iraq
and Afghanistan. It is because of the sacrifice that all our fallen
soldiers – and their families – have made that I harbor a deep disdain for those
who disrespect the members of the military or belittle their efforts, especially
today in the age of an all volunteer military.
A recent and caustic email exchange with a New York Progressive included:
"But, it's okay for that you kept your dainty mitts off the keypad while the
Constitution was being trampled and kids were being sent to war over false
pretenses...You don't want, let alone demonstrate the ability to see anything
other than your myopic world view. You've been hopelessly ‘Karl Roved’, there
should be rehab program for that soon.”
As I shook my head at the ill-informed nature of his poorly written words –
I have written extensively about the Iraq and Afghan conflicts – I couldn’t help
but recognize the arrogance of his statement as a common malady of the
Progressive Left. How is it that he felt the right to "Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of Happiness” was exclusive to him simply through birthright? How was
life in Iraq better for the Iraqi people under a despot like Saddam Hussein: a
man who would have wives raped in front of their families because the husband
wasn’t in line with Saddam’s despotism? How were the Iraqi people better off
when they had to fear their government; when executions happened at the whim of
tyrants; when girls were denied equal access to education, women held as a lower
class? Through his "myopic world view” the Iraqi people were better off without
their unalienable rights to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
And as I hold contempt for people like this, a better man than I in Sgt. Jeffers
ignored the ignoble rantings of narcissistic Progressivism and introduced
liberty and freedom, self-governance and opportunity – hope, to a nation
of people, dying in his effort.
It is equally and perhaps more disturbing to come to know that our president –
at a time when our nation is engaged in two battle theaters – has
opted out of a White House breakfast with Gold Star Mothers and laying a
wreath to the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery to, instead, vacation in his
hometown of Chicago – for a single day – only to return to Washington,
DC, for a rock concert the following evening.
At a time when President Obama, in his role as Commander in Chief, has commanded
American men and women into harm’s way – and on the day we are to
remember the many who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and
what it stands for – is it anywhere close to being appropriate for the President
to put himself and his desires ahead of those who have fallen on the field of
battle, under our flag, and those they have left behind? Should someone who
commands the world’s most potent fighting force enjoy the luxury of being so
I have been to Arlington National Cemetery many times. It is a hallowed place; a
place that demands respect for sacrifices made and actions taken in the name of
liberty, freedom and opportunity; the American ideal. It is a place reserved for
understanding that there are things bigger than self and that we all must be
grateful for those who have given all so that we may enjoy the freedoms provided
by their efforts and the losses incurred by their families.
This Memorial Day, as I do every Memorial Day, I will dedicate myself to
honoring the fallen who have secured my right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit
of Happiness”; who have afforded me the freedom to write this. I will do so as
the President enjoys Air Force One. I will do so as Progressives from New York
ignore the meaning of the day to take advantage of shopping bargains, family
barbecues and to launch divisive political and ideological screeds. I will do so
because I understand there are bigger things in the world than self and because
it is the right thing to do.
I will do so because Sgt. Eddie Jeffers – and all the "other Eddie Jeffers”
throughout American history – made it possible for me to do so.