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The Afghan Village That Saved Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell
Daily Beast ^ | 11.08.13 | Ron Moreau

Posted on 01/11/2014 2:28:38 PM PST by Zhang Fei

Nearly a decade after Mohammad Gulab and his fellow villagers rescued and protected wounded Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, they remain Taliban targets—but they’ve never regretted their kindness.

Nearly eight-and-a-half years after Mohammad Gulab and his fellow villagers harbored and saved the life of a gravely wounded U.S. Navy SEAL, they say they are still proud of their courageous action and would do it again in spite of the disappointments and troubles that have followed. In the face of point-blank Taliban threats to overrun the small village of Sabray in remote Kunar Province, along the porous and mountainous frontier with Pakistan, the villagers bravely protected, gave first aid to, fed, and clothed Marcus Luttrell, the wounded Special Warfare Operator, the only survivor of a four-man SEAL patrol.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; luttrell; oef; specialforces

1 posted on 01/11/2014 2:28:38 PM PST by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

I have a huge amount of respect for those folks.

That took a lot of guts.


2 posted on 01/11/2014 2:35:29 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel

I just hope with release of book and Movie that the Taliban won’t tack revenge against these folks. They did a kind thing...at risk of their own lives....


3 posted on 01/11/2014 2:39:11 PM PST by Engedi
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To: Zhang Fei

I always wondered what made that Pepsi bottle smell so bad.


4 posted on 01/11/2014 2:40:12 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: Engedi

Agreed. It is fashionable for many people to say there isn’t a single Afghan worth the life of any American, but these people are proof it isn’t true.


5 posted on 01/11/2014 2:44:14 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: VR-21

LOL...me too!


6 posted on 01/11/2014 2:44:57 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel

Seconded...


7 posted on 01/11/2014 2:45:40 PM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: rlmorel

Amen to that.

They’ve lived under that Taliban threat all those years since giving aid and they will continue to.


8 posted on 01/11/2014 2:53:03 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Zhang Fei

I’m overjoyed they rescued Luttrel.

Am I willing to chalk it all up to the much-ballyood “Pushtunwani”, the ANCIENT warror tradition of taking in the visitor and protecting him against his enemies, whatever the cost...?

WHAT A BUNCH OF MALARKY..!

It’s exploiting the western penchant to search around for Karate-Kidesque, Eastern mystic pseudo-religiosity.

Nah —he happened across folks who were super pissed at, “the devils who infest our otherwise perfect valley”.

Saving this honky was a way to get back at folks who ticked off these particular villagers, and maybe make a bit of scratch from the stupid honky’s rich friends.

GREAT MOVIE. GREAT RESCUER. CUTE KID.

Was it all apolitical pure generosity?

OH PLEASE. The whole country is over-run with camel-traders trying to figure out a way of making a dime or two off the latest imperial suckers.

I’M GLAD HE WAS RESCUED.


9 posted on 01/11/2014 2:54:15 PM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

As thanks the US military hired this guy’s village to do all kinds of “road repair”. That made sense, since word would spread and maybe provide hope that future lost personnel would be turned over by money motivated people.

A verrrry old trick in Iraq was to bury a dog, then start wailing to US forces about “my poor cousin, who was fatally struck by a humvee, here he is buried, and now I’m so sad and poor...” and they’d run a corpse dog by the grave, and the dog would alert, providing evidence that SOMETHING dead was down there —and this whole scenario was because the locals knew Uncle Sugar was by Iraqi standards pretty generous with financial compensation.

“Why did you bury the body so quickly; we’d have preferred to actually SEE it, the better not to get conned...”

“Ah, this is our ancient Muslim tradition —he only gets 1 virgin if the deceased is not buried before nightfall...!!”

And after enough shady scenarios like this they finally got ambitious enough to dig down and CHECK on things, and presto! They’d dig up a dead DOG, and it was all a scam:

The Middle-East is totally overrun with people like that —it’s normal.

The rescuers of Marcus Luttrell saw a payday, and they got one, and it’s good.

Don’t be swept away by all this elaborate, honky-centric, “Pushtunwani” flim-flam...


10 posted on 01/11/2014 3:06:08 PM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Agreed. Read Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost for a sense of the mindset of these people.


11 posted on 01/11/2014 3:15:44 PM PST by skeeter
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To: gaijin

They also risked their lives to do it Mr. tough guy.


12 posted on 01/11/2014 3:16:16 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45

sucker.


13 posted on 01/11/2014 3:21:31 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Engedi

I met one of the producers of the movie here in Hollywood recently. Good guy. He even wanted to meet with the villagers but the studio barred him from growing due to security concerns, plus he there was a lot of red tape involved, including security from US soldiers and he didn’t want to burden our armed forces over there.


14 posted on 01/11/2014 3:25:26 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: gaijin

Just out of curiosity, what price would you place on your life in search of an uncertain reward?


15 posted on 01/11/2014 3:37:03 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Zhang Fei

There is good and evil in this world, it is found in all races and religions. Not everyone is hateful, but the few that are, are evil. Those who are evil make life bad for everyone. Its too bad that righteous people allow them to become powerful by ignoring them until its too late to fix the problem. The end result is the innocent pay the highest price. I have a couple of Muslim friends, one is Pushtun, and we all get along well. If you believe the stereotype Islamic Terrorist fits the profile of all of them, you better consider if you are good or evil. It wasn’t the Muslims that killed 100 million people in the last century, it was EVIL people who were allowed to take over Governments, by those who sat back and let them. Take the Iranians for example, do you really think they want to kill all the Americans? Or is it just their EVIL mullahs who control them? Why don’t the average Iranian do anything? Well, why didn’t the average German or Russian do anything? They let the EVIL ones get control of them. There are more good people on this planet than what we give credit for. I’ll buy into this story, because its like the doctor who took the blood from the Bin Laden family. Human decency does exist.


16 posted on 01/11/2014 3:39:24 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: 1rudeboy
what price would you place on your life in search of an uncertain reward?

What a great question. It is apt, as people all over the world risk their lives for money and for revenge every day:

If they do that here in one of the safest and richest countries on Earth, I would venture to assume many more still do that in a country where heroin production serves as the very cornerstone of the economy.

But your question is good, and so I will take it up:

Let's say I were legally risking my life for an amount of money that would buy me --totally in the clear-- five or six houses, maybe:

Would I do it? Yes, I do think so.

Would I do it if it carried that same uncertain reward and ALSO snub the same Enemy Ppeople who had just beheaded my friend in my village...?

That answer is very easy, even though I might dress up my material decision in some specious intellectual finery, yes.

17 posted on 01/11/2014 3:48:17 PM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

That was a very flowery way to admit that you don’t know yourself, but you are willing to make a boatload of assumptions about others.


18 posted on 01/11/2014 3:52:52 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I said I didn’t know myself?


19 posted on 01/11/2014 3:55:24 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Zhang Fei

Like the U.S. government discarded the Hmong?


20 posted on 01/11/2014 4:04:22 PM PST by lyby ("Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." ~ Galileo Galilei)
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To: Zhang Fei

Lets start there. And then clean out the Taliban. Come on you strategery mongers of Washington! Get with it Obama!!/S


21 posted on 01/11/2014 4:29:44 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: gaijin

I was there for two years as a contractor. They are capable of kindness at times but for the most part are liars, beggars and thieves. Of course they smelled a payday - I would expect the same for risking my life and my family’s.


22 posted on 01/11/2014 5:14:01 PM PST by quantumman
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To: Zhang Fei

That area is serious Indian country. Many of the local Afghani’s in Kunar hate the Pakistani’s (i.e. Taliban), who come from the Paki tribal area’s and attempt to destroy what little infrastructure they have(the just got electricity). They hate the Arabs who come the even worse than the Paki’s. The Arabs treat the locals like they are pieces of crap.


23 posted on 01/11/2014 5:30:14 PM PST by Sarajevo (Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world)
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To: Zhang Fei

Book is really good, looking forward to the movie


24 posted on 01/11/2014 8:48:37 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: rlmorel

yes it did


25 posted on 01/11/2014 8:48:54 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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