SEAL Takes Grenade for Comrades

Coronado, Calif. A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade Iraqi insurgents tossed into a sniper hideout his unit had discovered, fellow members of the elite force said… Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had been near the only door to the rooftop structure Sept. 29 when the grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor.

"He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it," said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. "He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs' lives, and we owe him."

We owe him and those like him everything. Our gratitude, our respect, our love and our understanding. To see a grenade land at your feet and to instantly make the decision to save your friends lives by smothering it with your own body is heroism beyond anything I can imagine. Unfortunately heroic acts like this are overshadowed by a constant barrage of military-bashing by some in the media and those of a particular political party. Cold blooded Nazis they are not… warriors they are. Thanks from those who appreciate you.

In Contrast: French Commandos Surrender in Afghanistan Amid Security Fears. French Special Forces tracking Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan have been ordered home by President Jacques Chirac because of the "worsening security situation," Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported yesterday. According to unnamed military sources, Mr. Chirac gave the go-ahead during a defence counsel meeting to pull the men out of the country… the troops were badly shaken by the recent death of nine members during a mission.