Joe Darby had to be protected from his fellow soldiers. He was called a traitor by people in his hometown. In the minds of many Americans, Joe Darby did something wrong.
What he did wrong was adhere to the enlisted personnel's oath that every soldier makes when entering the service. He abided by the rules in the Universal Code of Military Justice. More fundamentally, he saw fellow soldiers committing violence and degradation on other people, and he provided evidence to the military authorities.
Joe Darby received some commendations from high commanders. But he was vilified and reviled by some fellow soldiers and Americans here at home.
It's just a reminder that the sense of integrity and decency that once characterized America is significantly diminished in some quarters.
And ultimately, this is what our elections are about. Will the forces of deceit, degradation, and violence upon other people win again?
May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006