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President Elect Obama and “Survivor” McCain: A Personal Reflection

November 5, 2008

I needed a taxi in Virgina’s election night darkness and rain, and was delighted to meet an Ethiopian-American driver.  He told me his name, translated from Amarigna, meant “Strength.”  His Christian or baptismal name is John — the same as my name.

I told the driver that I had been in meetings all afternoon and well past dark and that I didn’t know anything about the election returns.  He said his car radio was dead — and then fished an old transister radio from his pocket and gleefully showed me how he was keeping involved in the historic election.

“Strength” said he had voted for the first time yesterday and that “America is such a wonderful place….”  He said in Ethiopia, Russia, China and many other lands there are all sorts of elections but that “ruling leaders know the outcome before the vote….”

I also heard from many John McCain supporters, including my friends who lived with him inside the Hanoi Hilton and some of McCain’s Naval Academy classmates.  One congratulated me and said, “John has always served with grace and aplomb and courage — and conducted himself as a gentleman.  You saw this and reported it when all other media treated him badly….”

I call McCain “Survivor” because of his near-death experience during the great fire that killed 134 aboard USS Forrestal and for his strength and determination inside the Hanoi Hilton.  My own wife suffered some of the same torture that McCain endured so we count him as a brother and fellow “Survivor.”

The campaign was exciting and now the real work begins.  We wish President Elect Obama and all who will assit him the best….We seek now unity and the national good….

John McCain's capture

Above: This Oct. 26, 1967, photo from the Library of Congress shows Navy fighter pilot John McCain, center, being captured by Vietnamese civilians in Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.


Salute to U.S. Diplomat Killed in Sudan

January 2, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
January 2, 2008

On New Year’s morning, 2008, a U.S. diplomat serving all his fellow American citizens died in the line of duty in Sudan.

John Granville, 33, an official for the U.S. Agency for International Development, paid the ultimate sacrifice when gunmen opened fire on his car in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum. Mr. Granville’s driver, Abdel-Rahman Abbas, was also killed in the attack.
This undated photo provided Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 by the Granville family via WGRZ-TV shows John Granville, right, with his mother Jane Granville.(AP Photo/Granville Family via WGRZ-TV)

This undated photo provided Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 by the Granville family via WGRZ-TV shows John Granville, right, with his mother Jane Granville.(AP Photo/Granville Family via WGRZ-TV)

By all accounts, John Granville was a hero that knew and understood both the danger and the importance of his mission. He worked to implement the 2005 peace agreement between Sudan’s north and south that ended more than two decades of civil war. That horrible war’s legacy can still be seen at Darfur, where thousands of refugees have been subjugated, starved, abused, and many international groups say have been the targets of a genocide campaign.

“John’s life was a celebration of love, hope and peace,” a family statement said. “He will be missed by many people throughout the world whose lives were touched and made better because of his care.”

At Peace and Freedom we mourn, pray for and salute John Granville.

Police In Sudan Seek Killers of American Diplomat

By Mohamed Osman
The Associated Press KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese authorities on Wednesday questioned witnesses in the slaying of an American diplomat who was shot by gunmen in a drive-by attack in the capital. Sudanese officials insisted the shooting was not a terrorist attack but the U.S. Embassy said it was too soon to determine the motive.Read the rest:
Diplomat Killed in Sudan

Bush invokes ‘tragedy of Vietnam’ against Iraq pullout

August 22, 2007

August 22, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) — President Bush drew parallels between the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the potential costs of pulling out of Iraq in a speech Wednesday.

“Three decades later, there is a legitimate debate about how we got into the Vietnam War and how we left,” Bush told members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, at their convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Whatever your position in that debate, one unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America’s withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens, whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like ‘boat people,’ ‘re-education camps’ and ‘killing fields,’ ” the president said.

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