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This could be the Last Straw
email | 6/28/04 | Andy Bufalo, MSgt. USMC Ret.

Posted on 06/29/2004 9:31:00 AM PDT by kas2591

----- Original Message ----- Subject: This could be the final straw ....

I received this from a Naval Academy classmate. I certainly hope it manages to get into the hands of the insurgents in Iraq and they can read the version they receive. The Marines have always taken care of their own and will make certain many pay if this Marine is beheaded. Please pass it along.

Regards, Joe

This letter is for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, ''Islamic Response,'' and the rest of the so-called "insurgents" in Iraq. I obviously do not have an e-mail address for these vermin, so I am forwarding this letter to my entire address book in the hope you good people will forward it to as many people as possible, and that eventually through the miracle of the internet it somehow ends up in the hands of the intended recipients. Thank you all for your assistance.

To the terrorists currently operating in Iraq,

I see that you have captured a U. S. Marine, and that you plan to cut off his head if your demands are not met. Big mistake. Before you carry out your threat I suggest you read up on Marine Corps history. The Japanese tried the same thing on Makin Island and in a few other places during World War Two, and came to regret it. Go ahead and read about what then happened to the mighty Imperial Army on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. They paid full price for what they did, and you will too.

You look at America and you see a soft target, and to a large extent you are right. Our country is filled with a lot of spoiled people who drive BMWs, sip decaf lattes and watch ridiculous reality TV shows. They are for the most part decent, hard working citizens, but they are soft. When you cut off Nick Berg's head those people gasped, and you got the media coverage you sought, and then those people went back to their lives. This time it is different. We also have a warrior culture in this country, and they are called Marines. It is a brotherhood forged in the fire of many wars, and the bond between us is stronger than blood. While it is true that this country has produced nitwits like Michael Moore, Howard Dean and Jane Fonda who can be easily manipulated by your gruesome tactics, we have also produced men like Jason Dunham, Brian Chontosh and Joseph Perez. If you don't recognize those names you should. They are all Marines who distinguished themselves fightin! g to liberate Iraq, and there will be many more just like them coming for you.

Before the current politically correct climate enveloped our culture one of the recruiting slogans of our band of brothers was "The Marine Corps Builds Men." You will soon find out just how true that is. You, on the other hand, are nothing but a bunch of women. If you were men you would show your faces, and take us on in a fair fight. Instead, you are cowards who hide behind masks and decapitate helpless victims. If you truly represented the interest of the Iraqi people you would not be ambushing those who come to your country to repair your power plants, or sabotage the oil pipelines which fuel the Iraqi economy. Your agenda is hate, plain and simple.

When you raise that sword over your head I want you to remember one thing. Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is not alone as he kneels before you. Every Marine who has ever worn the uniform is there with him, and when you strike him you are striking all of us. If you think the Marines were tough on you when they were cleaning out Fallujah a few weeks ago you haven't seen anything yet. If you want to know what it feels like to have the Wrath of God called down upon you then go ahead and do it. We are not Turkish truck drivers, or Pakistani laborers, or independent contractors hoping to find work in your country. We are the United States Marines, and we will be coming for you.

Andy Bufalo MSgt USMC (Ret)


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I received this from a Marine Sergeant Major today. It's a nice rant; even nicer if we grew the will to turn our guys loose.
1 posted on 06/29/2004 9:31:00 AM PDT by kas2591
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To: kas2591

I wonder if this applies to Matt Maupin as well?


2 posted on 06/29/2004 9:37:27 AM PDT by InsensitiveConservative
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To: kas2591

200 years from now, I want their children's children's children's children
to cower and cringe in fear whenever they hear the sounds of jet engines overhead
because their legends tell of fire from the sky.

I want them to hide in dark caves and holes in the earth,
shivering with terror whenever they hear the roar of diesel engines
because the tales of their ancestors talk about metal monsters
crawling over the earth, spitting death and destruction.

I want their mothers to be able to admonish them with
"If you don't behave, the Pale Destroyers will come for you",
and that will be enough to reduce them to quivering obesience.

I want the annihilation to be so complete that their mythology
will tell them of the day of judgment when the stern gods from across the sea
.. the powerful 'Mericans .. destroyed their forefathers' wickedness.

(Original created by BlueLancer ... 13 September 2001)
(Thanks to HiJinx for the accompanying pictures)

3 posted on 06/29/2004 9:37:33 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsënspåånkængrüppen ØberKømmändø (EMØØK))
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To: kas2591

Does this still apply if the Marine is shot in the back of the head as the terrorists have reported?


4 posted on 06/29/2004 9:37:44 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: kas2591

don't forget us soldiers, by gawd.


5 posted on 06/29/2004 9:37:48 AM PDT by bigghurtt (Liberals are the self-righteous, led by the self-serving, for the benefit of the self-interested.)
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To: kas2591

Makes me want to dig out my boots and utes and go join the fight.


6 posted on 06/29/2004 9:40:24 AM PDT by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: sarasota

That's a different guy - he is US Army.


7 posted on 06/29/2004 9:43:46 AM PDT by lugsoul (Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin on the mountainside.)
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To: kas2591

Call me cynical... but I am not yet convinced that this whole episode is not a hoax.
But it just doesn't pass the "smell test."

This Marine was UA to begin with.

And I am not yet convinced that he is not a turncoat.
So let's not get our dander up yet.

And don't be surprised if there is a beheading but be very suspicious that the terrorists don't take off this Marine's uniform and put it on a dead person and behead him...

Semper Fi,
Kelly


8 posted on 06/29/2004 9:47:02 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: kas2591
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've got goose bumps! This is powerful. I'm so glad this was posted. Ever person in the United States should read this. Wrath will rain down on the cowards if they do this thing!

Someone show this to the terrorists!

9 posted on 06/29/2004 9:56:56 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: kas2591

SEMPER FI BUMP


10 posted on 06/29/2004 9:59:09 AM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: kellynla

What is UA?


11 posted on 06/29/2004 10:01:40 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister
Unauthorized Absence
13 posted on 06/29/2004 10:07:19 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: kas2591

God may have mercy on their souls............


Because the Marine Corps will surely not.

RLTW


14 posted on 06/29/2004 10:11:19 AM PDT by military cop (military cop)
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To: kellynla

You could be right about having suspicions. I did kind of wonder why they abducted someone with a "muslim" sounding name.


15 posted on 06/29/2004 10:21:00 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: kas2591

Unfortunately, the marines have to work within the limits set by their commanders. I don't doubt that the marines were already prepared to do what needed to be done even before the beheading. But they were leashed.


16 posted on 06/29/2004 10:21:12 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kas2591

bump


17 posted on 06/29/2004 10:21:46 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: kas2591

Don't let this get in the hands of the NY/LA SLimes, Washington ComPost or CNN,NBC,ABC or CBS because they will accuse Marines of planning war crimes.


18 posted on 06/29/2004 10:26:53 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: BlueLancer

That is so cool! Kudos and ditto.


19 posted on 06/29/2004 10:34:32 AM PDT by pankot
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To: BlueLancer

BlueLancer, those images of the "Mericans destroying their...wickedness" made me SOOOO happy.

Only when we rain down TRUE, BIG-TIME death and destruction on their pointy little heads will we start making the world safe for our children. After all, our descendants will be safe only in proportion to how much their descendants cringe in fear at the thought of pissing us off. -OhMike


20 posted on 06/29/2004 10:39:11 AM PDT by OhMike
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To: kellynla

I have some serious questions about this particular incident as well.

Something doesn't feel right.....


21 posted on 06/29/2004 10:39:16 AM PDT by Badeye ("The day you stop learning, is the day you begin dying")
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To: kas2591; BlueLancer

Your post and BL's pics go hand in hand.
Perfect.


22 posted on 06/29/2004 10:42:49 AM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx
Although interesting sentiments, the letter was first posted at BLACKFIVE Blog listed as written by a "David C" supposedly from 3/4. This one sounds odd especially if I am to believe that the MGYSGT(ret) supposed received it from a "Classmate from the Naval Academy".
23 posted on 06/29/2004 11:10:09 AM PDT by lindblad80
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To: kas2591

Sorry, Msgt that is... 1st post, long time lurker. Semper


24 posted on 06/29/2004 11:12:04 AM PDT by lindblad80
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To: sarasota

I hadn't heard about the Marine being shot in the back of the head; only a soldier possibly named Maupin who was taken a couple of months ago.

Anyway, I think it wouldn't change the way most service members fell about giving these dirtbags a whupping.


25 posted on 06/29/2004 11:28:10 AM PDT by kas2591 (Life's harder when you're stupid.)
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To: kas2591

God! This made me feel great! Semper Fi


26 posted on 06/29/2004 11:29:06 AM PDT by NavyCaptain
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To: lindblad80

My husband is a USNA graduate,
and several of his classmates
took commissions in the USMC.
Husband took his in the USAF,
(the AF did not have their own
academy in '58).


Welcome to FR.


27 posted on 06/29/2004 11:35:37 AM PDT by onyx
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To: Sunshine Sister; river rat; Badeye; All

Utah Marine On 'Unauthorized Absence' Before Turning Up Missing

Jun 29, 2004 9:27 am US/Mountain

Marine Corps officials are expected to visit the family of a US Marine apparently being held hostage in Iraq again today.

Wassef Ali Hassoun has been seen on an Arab satellite television network, blindfolded and held captive by a militant group which is threatening to behead him if the US military does not release all prisoners in Iraq.

The US military says Hassoun went ``on an unauthorized absence'' June 19 and did not report for duty the next day. Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt says based on his personal situation, there was reason to suspect he was headed to Lebanon.

A family friend and spokesman would not comment on Hassoun's status and says Hassoun's family is asking all the people in the world to pray for his safe release.


28 posted on 06/29/2004 11:38:32 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: kas2591

BTTT


29 posted on 06/29/2004 11:40:57 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: All

Link for previous post:
http://kutv.com/topstories/local_story_181113616.html


30 posted on 06/29/2004 11:42:05 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: kas2591
It's a nice rant; even nicer if we grew the will to turn our guys loose.

You don't get it ... they will take care of business you (meaning the media nad the general public) will NEVER know it ... and they will NOT ask for permission

31 posted on 06/29/2004 11:45:48 AM PDT by clamper1797 (This Vietnam Vet ain't Fonda Kerry)
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To: lindblad80

As I said in my comment #1 I received it from a Marine Segeant Major (active duty). In reading the message, one can see by the changes in writing style that it was forwarded through at least two people before it came to me.

You have the original author (I'm inclined to believe a full name rather than a blog handle but that's personal preference) writing the sentiments, then someone else saying they got it from a one of their Naval Academy classmates. If it sounded odd to you that means you know that Master Sergeants don't have Naval Academy classmates.


32 posted on 06/29/2004 11:57:03 AM PDT by kas2591 (Life's harder when you're stupid.)
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To: kas2591

bttt


33 posted on 06/29/2004 11:58:47 AM PDT by The Wizard (Democrats: enemies of America)
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To: kas2591

sounds like he struck the right balance to me.....you kill him, we kill all of you.


34 posted on 06/29/2004 12:06:22 PM PDT by The Wizard (Democrats: enemies of America)
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To: kas2591

It's a nice rant, with no guts to back it up.

The Marines in Iraq don't dare to seek vengeance. When they were ready at Fallujah, they were pulled back. When they are ready to avenge a Marine death, they'll be called way back and told to behave.

If any individual Marine dares to go ahead and seek revenge, he will be court-martialed, like the Army guys at Abu Graibh.

This is a politically correct war.

This is not WW2. This is not 1944.

Unfortunately.


35 posted on 06/29/2004 12:10:53 PM PDT by Palladin (Proud to be a FReeper!)
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To: kas2591

Mea Culpa
(USNA '80)


36 posted on 06/29/2004 12:19:11 PM PDT by lindblad80
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To: Palladin
It's a nice rant, with no guts to back it up.

The Marines in Iraq don't dare to seek vengeance. When they were ready at Fallujah, they were pulled back. When they are ready to avenge a Marine death, they'll be called way back and told to behave.

If any individual Marine dares to go ahead and seek revenge, he will be court-martialed, like the Army guys at Abu Graibh.

This is a politically correct war.

This is not WW2. This is not 1944.

Unfortunately.

Dittos.

37 posted on 06/29/2004 12:19:45 PM PDT by lowbridge ("You are an American. You are my brother. I would die for you." -Kurdish Sergeant)
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To: kellynla

I've noticed that several other freepers have similar doubts as well. May I share a few observations:

1. If this Corporal had been abducted without anyone witnessing the event, wouldn't he still be listed as UA?

2. I assume the Marines are an extremely close-knit group. SI would think that somebody in his unit would know if Corporal Ali Hassoun was the deserter type. I don't think the author of this awesome note would mention him by name if there was any doubt about his loyality.


38 posted on 06/29/2004 12:22:06 PM PDT by Quilla (God bless America, President George W. Bush, our brave troops, and Freepers everywhere.)
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To: BlueLancer
BlueLancer, do you have a copy of the original?

I'd sure like to put it on my FR home page, with accompanying sources of course.

I remember seeing that on the day you posted it but by the time I went back to the thread to find it the post had been pulled.

39 posted on 06/29/2004 12:25:50 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe

It's on my FR Home Page ... click on my name and it will take you there. By all means, copy whatever you want ... the more it's spread around the better.


40 posted on 06/29/2004 12:28:03 PM PDT by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsënspåånkængrüppen ØberKømmändø (EMØØK))
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To: clamper1797
"You don't get it ... they will take care of business you (meaning the media nad the general public) will NEVER know it ... and they will NOT ask for permission"

Some of us will hear of it from our friends, and we'll just SMILE.........

41 posted on 06/29/2004 12:31:45 PM PDT by litehaus
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To: kellynla

The loss of four snipers looms large as well. The timeline bothers me.


42 posted on 06/29/2004 12:34:05 PM PDT by HipShot (All of our ammunition should be dipped in pig fat)
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To: BlueLancer

Thanks, I will attribute it to the owner.


43 posted on 06/29/2004 12:37:07 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Quilla

You have a lot of "if's" in your post...

Bottom line, he is UA. He took off on the 19th and didn't report for duty on the 20th.

He was "suspected" of taking off for Lebanon.
The terrorists claim they "lured" him...whatever that means since I doubt there's much they could offer other than maybe cash...

And yes we Marines are a very close knit group especially in combat. But when a Marine takes off there may not be any red flags...combat fatigue, what we use to call "shell shock" can snap a man at any time...and he deserts or "loses it"


44 posted on 06/29/2004 12:41:38 PM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: HipShot
The loss of four snipers looms large as well.

Casualties are a part of war...
People forget but even as recently as Nam we were losing as many as four or five hundred a week when I was there in '69 & '70...
and I won't even get into the losses in Korea and WWII
These guys are the best trained warriors in history.
They are coming home and volunteering to go back...
45 posted on 06/29/2004 12:51:52 PM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: lindblad80

It took awhile but I found the letter on sftt.org
Bufalo is his real name and he's a contributing editor to Defense Watch.

http://www.sftt.org/ is where I found it.


46 posted on 06/29/2004 3:14:07 PM PDT by kas2591 (Life's harder when you're stupid.)
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To: Palladin

There's plenty of guts to back it up; perhaps not enough political cojones.


47 posted on 06/29/2004 4:13:22 PM PDT by kas2591 (Life's harder when you're stupid.)
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To: kellynla

Thanks. I noted this morning the military has changed his status from AWOL to "captured".

Ever since the opening days of the Iraq War, when a Sgt fragged his own officers, I've been cautious about this sort of thing.


48 posted on 06/30/2004 6:48:48 AM PDT by Badeye ("The day you stop learning, is the day you begin dying")
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To: Badeye

I received this article from "River Rat" this am.

NYTimes.com > International > Middle East

Abducted Marine Had Reportedly Deserted
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and NICK MADIGAN

Published: June 30, 2004


AGHDAD, Iraq, June 29 — "The American marine who is being threatened by his kidnappers with beheading had deserted the military because he was emotionally traumatized, and was abducted by his captors while trying to make his way home to his native Lebanon, a Marine officer said Tuesday.

The officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he believed that Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun was betrayed by Iraqis he befriended on his base and ended up in the hands of Islamic extremists.

The officer said Corporal Hassoun, a 24-year-old Marine linguist who was born in Lebanon, was shaken up after he saw one of his sergeants blown apart by a mortar shell.

"It was very disturbing to him," the officer said. "He wanted to go home and quit the game, but since he was relatively early in his deployment, that was not going to happen anytime soon. So he talked to some folks on base he befriended, because they were all fellow Muslims, and they helped sneak him off. Once off, instead of helping him get home, they turned him over to the bad guys."

"It's all we know right now," the officer added.

Corporal Hassoun, a fluent Arabic-speaker who had been living with his family in West Jordan, Utah, outside Salt Lake City, joined the Marine Corps to work as a translator.

About two months ago, he told a cousin that several American deserters had escaped by bribing Iraqis to help get them out of the country.

"He said a lot of soldiers, they don't want to die, especially when they see someone dying in front of them," said the cousin, Tarek Hassoun, who lives in Salt Lake City.

Marine officials said Sunday night that Corporal Hassoun had been missing since June 21. On Sunday, the Qatar-based television network Al Jazeera broadcast a videotape that showed him blindfolded with a sword over his head.

According to a statement provided with the video, an obscure group called The Islamic Reaction said it had abducted him near Falluja and was threatening to behead him unless American forces released all Iraqi prisoners.

The group, which also identified itself as the security wing of the 20th Revolution Regiment, a reference to the Arab uprising after World War I, did not give a deadline for the release or execution.

When Corporal Hassoun was first shown in captivity on video Sunday, Marine officials were reluctant to confirm that he had been kidnapped. On Monday, they acknowledged that they were now classifying his status as "captured."

Masked men have snatched dozens of foreigners in the past several months. On Tuesday, three Turks were freed after by their captors.

But several hostages have been executed. The latest victim appears to be Specialist Keith Matthew Maupin, an American soldier who vanished after an ambush on his convoy near Baghdad on April 9.

On Monday, Al Jazeera, which has been first to broadcast a number of videos showing the killing of Americans, broadcast a video it said ended with kidnappers shooting Specialist Maupin in the head. Army officials said they could not confirm that he had been killed.

Intelligence officials said it is not clear if the kidnappings are coordinated, although they suspect that some of the captors are at least loosely tied to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant thought to be behind much of the mayhem in Iraq.

On Monday night, Muslims in Salt Lake City gathered at the Khadeeja Mosque, one of three mosques in the city, to pray for Corporal Hassoun.

Mahdi Jaff, 38, an Iraqi Kurd who immigrated to the United States 10 years ago, said he had met Corporal Hassoun a few months ago while the marine was home on leave.

"I loved him when I met him," Mr. Jaff said. Mr. Jaff said Corporal Hassoun had stayed true to his Muslim values while serving in the military.

When he heard the news that a member of the Hassoun family had been seized in Iraq, Mr. Jaff said he did not know who it was.

"He has a lot of brothers so, at first, I was not sure who was captured, but then when I saw the picture, I said, `Oh, man, that's him,' ' Mr. Jaff said. "I was really shocked that it was him."

"Those people will not negotiate," Mr. Jaff said of Corporal Hassoun's captors. "He just has to wait for his time to come. It's just like when someone would be sent to Saddam Hussein's jails; he would send a message to his family and say, `I'm gone.' "

Others in Salt Lake City were also praying Monday night. About 25 people stood in the rain on the steps of the Utah State Capitol, pleading for Corporal Hassoun's release.

Pamela Atkinson, 68, of Salt Lake City, led the group in a prayer to God.

"As the insurgents threaten his life, we ask that Corporal Hassoun and his family feel your loving arms around them," she said.


Jeffrey Gettleman reported from Baghdad for this article and Nick Madigan from Salt Lake City. Melissa Sanford contributed reporting from Salt Lake City."

Looks like my suspicions were right.

Semper Fi,
Kelly


49 posted on 06/30/2004 6:53:18 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: kellynla

Thanks Kelly, this is pretty much what I expected.


50 posted on 06/30/2004 6:56:12 AM PDT by Badeye ("The day you stop learning, is the day you begin dying")
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