Vengeance Cometh

Via Michael Leeden over at National Review, the following is letter from the family of slain Navy Hero Robert Dean Stethem, written to President Bush. Robert as you might know was murdered by Mohammed Ali Hamadi who was unjustly paroled from a German prison after only serving 19 years of a life sentence. Germany released this slug to save the life of one of their own slugs who had been captured in Iraq by some other slugs.

"Date: January 8, 2006 4:15:57 PM PST



Mr. President,

I would like to provide you with an explanation as to why Muhammed Ali Hammadi's recent release by Germany, and your Administration's lack of any attempt to prevent it, is so upsetting to our family and to Americans everywhere. I am not writing you out of grief or anger but out of a hope that his example will inspire you to follow act on your own words and the dictates of your conscious in this War on Terror.

Robert Dean Stethem was singled out, beaten beyond recognition and tortured in order to make him scream into a transmitter (so that the tower would send a fuel truck). Not a cry was heard to come from him, despite the brutal beating he endured. Instead he chose to remain silent and endure the beatings because he knew that the only way a rescue attempt could be conducted by U.S. forces was if the aircraft remained on the ground.

After Robert was beaten and tortured and bleeding from puncture wounds all over his body, he was placed next to a 16-year old Australian girl. As bad as Robert was beaten, he had the courage and strength to comfort and console her. He told her that, "She would be okay and that she would get out of here alive." When she tried to return the comfort, he said, "No, I don't think so. I am the only one in my group that is not married and some of the guys have children, too." Some time later, Robert was again taken up to the cockpit and tortured in order to get the fuel. But it didn't work, he would not give in to them.

One of the hijackers, Muhammed Ali Hammadi, was so enraged that he dragged Robert to the door, pulled a trigger and shot Robert in the head. Then he dumped Robert's body onto the tarmac. While Robert was being dragged to the door, he knew that all he had to do in order to live was to cry into that transmitter, but he wouldn't do it. He would not give in to the demands of the terrorists. He would not allow the honor and dignity of America to be intimidated by the fear and pain that Hammadi and terrorists everywhere represent. Robert sacrificed his life in order to protect our liberty and defend our way of life.

You have rightly said, "Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done." You have truly said that "We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them." Robert lived by them. Robert also died by them. The motto of the USS SSTETHEM (DDG-63), named in Robert's honor, is "Steadfast and Courageous." I hope that his example, and the example of other heroes like him can inspire you to understand why allowing Germany to release Hammadi was a wrong. Justice was not done, Robert was not honored and Americans are not safer by allowing Hammadi to return to Lebanon and Hezbollah.

You know this, we know this and the American people know this.

The Stethem family"

According to some reports published last month - Hammadi was detained and is being held in Lebannon while they consider a request from the US for extradiction. However, in the meantime, well you know - accidents happen.

UPDATE: As some have written me, Ms. Slug who was traded for Seaman Stethem was in fact a German spy as noted in this article yesterday. All the more reason to hold new Chancellor Angela Merkel accountable for an answer to this crap.

UPDATE II: Clarice Feldman at American Thinker isn't buying the German "Kool Aid", neither am I. Never have trusted the Germans (stationed there in the 80's. Again, Merkle needs to fess up.


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