Jewish World Review May 29, 2012/ 8 Sivan, 5772
Today's outrage: No heroic deed goes unpunished
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just as Americans are learning how to spell the name of Chen Guangcheng, the heroic Chinese dissident who is now safe in this country, we have a new hero's name to learn, repeat, and shout if necessary:
He's the Pakistani doctor who carried out a fake immunization program in the neighborhood around the compound in Abbottabad where the world's most wanted mass killer was hiding in plain sight. And maybe with the complicity of local authorities, since it's hard to believe he could have taken up residence -- for years -- in a crowded resort city full of military installations without the protection of our treacherous "friends" in that country.
The good doctor worked with our own spooks to confirm that one of the occupants of the sealed-off estate that had attracted the CIA's attention was none other than one
Before those Navy SEALs interrupted Mr. bin Ladin in his comfortable surroundings and homicidal diversions, the CIA had to be sure they had the right place and the right object of their swift, sure attentions. That's where Dr. Afridi came in with his ostensible vaccination program, whose real object was to vaccinate against terror. The good doctor managed to collect DNA samples from those within the mysterious house to confirm that this was our long-sought man.
It's still not clear what exact role the doctor's ruse played in identifying the world-infamous suspect, if any, but this much is clear: He did his ingenious best. At what turned out to be considerable risk. For now his heroism has been rewarded -- with a 33-year prison sentence for treason.
The verdict was handed down last Wednesday by the usual, errant Pakistani authorities, and Dr. Afridi was trundled off to one of their notorious prisons with indecent haste. Naturally he was denied legal counsel at his trial. Which completes the outrage.
The moral of this story: No heroic deed goes unpunished, especially in that treacherous country.
This kind of outrageous thing calls for more than the usual diplomatic protest and another pro forma speech from our secretary of state. It calls for outrage. Outrage made tangible.
The threat to the Egyptian establishment's lifeline to American tax dollars did the trick. Our people were allowed to leave, and
Why hasn't the president of
Why hasn't our ambassador in
While we're at it, let's keep those drones flying. Just to send a message, to wit: No enemy of
Dr. Afridi, we're not about to forget you, or let your captors forget about you. Help is on the way. And should be.
Chen Guangcheng is now out of the clutches of Communist/fascist
Surely there's an understaffed and overburdened public health agency in this country that could use another well-trained physician who's shown he knows how to conduct an immunization program with the best of results. Like justice. What is this one doing locked up in
How to say this as diplomatically as possible? Let's just say it should be made unmistakably clear to the high contracting parties in the
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