Father’s message to Bowe Bergdahl:
“Your country will not leave you on the battlefield”
Bring Back Bowe Rally in Hailey, Idaho on 22 June 2013.
Bob Bergdahl rides son Bowe’s motorcycle to honor him at the rally
The tearful mother of the only known U.S. prisoner of war said Saturday she’s feeling “very optimistic” about his eventual release after his Taliban captors offered last week to exchange him for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s mother, Jani Bergdahl, spoke to about 2,000 people gathered in Hailey, his hometown, in a city park where he played as a toddler and little boy.
Members of a POW support group mount flags along Hailey’s Main Street. Donna Thibedeau-Eddy has traveled here from Pocatello, Idaho, to help organize the Bergdahl event.
“The more supporters we can get out here, the more people we can make aware that we have one American soldier – one American soldier from the Afghan and Iraq wars –that still has not come home and it’s time to bring him home,” says Thibedeau-Eddy. READ MORE and hear audio at Reuters
Four trees were planted in Hop Porter Park, one for each year since Bowe Bergdahl was captured. READ MORE at ktvb.com
An estimated 2,000 supporters rallied on Saturday in the Idaho hometown of prisoner-of-war Bowe Bergdahl.
The rally, the largest yet for the only known American prisoner of war tied to the Afghanistan war, marked the latest effort by residents of Hailey, a close-knit town of 7,000, to draw attention to Bergdahl’s plight and push for his release. READ MORE at NBC News
“CIA director nominee John Brennan sent a powerful message on Thursday when he wore an accessory that honored prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, an American captive held by the Taliban since 2009.”
GO TO Bowe Packs for advocacy supplies, (including yellow bracelets) to show your support for Bowe.
Read the full article HERE at the Huffington Post.
Dear Bowe Supporters,
We cannot tell you how important it is at this time to make those in America aware of the fact that Bowe is still being held as a prisoner of war. We have to reach out to bring more people into the circle of those who are fighting to bring Bowe home. The more people who are willing to demand of our government that Bowe’s release be a top level priority, the more pressure we can put on those who make the decisions that will lead to Bowe’s safe return.
There are several current events that add even more to the need to act with urgency to rescue Bowe from his captors. Due to the recent Koran burinings. the mood in Afghanistan is not good. US ambassador Ryan Crocker said, “the situation is tense.” One observation further describes the situation “The anger of Afghans is evident, whether it be over the sense of religious insult or the sheer frustration with a war that has gone on too long and yielded too little.” What remains to be seen is how this situation will alter the strategic plans implemented or the tactics which will be used to achieve America’s goals in Afghanistan. According to a report in the New York times: “The United States now has what one senior American official said was ‘almost no margin of error’ in trying to achieve even limited goals in Afghanistan after a series of crises that have stirred resentment.” We know that anything that affects the mission in Afghanistan will also have an affect on America’s influence in Pakistan which will in turn affect efforts to prevail over the Haqqani network. Since the Haqqani network has been determined to be the group that is holding Bowe captive, the recent developments in Afghanistan are of even more concern to us who are working to make haste efforts to obtain Bowe’s release.
Of further concern, the AP and Washington Post reported that Ambassador Crocker sent a top-secret cable to Washington last month warning that the existence of “enemy havens” in Pakistan was placing the success of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan in jeopardy. The report says the message was so secretive that it was sent through CIA channels rather than the usual ones in the State Department.
The Washington Post says the contents of the cable could become “ammunition” for some senior military officials who favor more aggressive action by the U.S. against the Haqqani havens in Pakistan. The Post also goes on to say “the cable written by Ambassador Ryan C Crocker last month ‘amounted to an admission that years of US efforts to curtail insurgent activity in Pakistan by the lethal Haqqani network, a key Taliban ally, were failing.”
Something that adds to the doubts that the Haqqani network is being deterred from pursuing its militant goals is a recent report that it has just has issued guidelines to its insurgents in a newly published book called the ‘Nizami Darsona’, which is comprised of more than 160 pages and written by unknown Abu Umar Asaltfi in Pashto language.
‘Nizami Darsona’ says that it aims at helping active members of the Taliban in organizing themselves so that they may effectively increase their activities against foreign forces active in war-torn Afghanistan.
The book, in its initial chapters, expands on the need of a holy war and its types through Quranic verses and through the prophet Mohammed’s sayings.
On a positve note, according to a statement issued by International Security Assistance Force, a Haqqani leader was captured by Afghan and coalition security forces during an operation on Monday at eastern Afghanistan. The statement further added, the operation was conducted in Nadir Shah Kot district, Khost province. The leader managed an insurgent network and directed operations against Afghan civilians and security forces in the district.
All of these events are inspring much debate on the internet on the various news information sites as well as in discussion forums. This gives us all an opprtunity to add to these discussions by posting comments that remind people that no matter what happens in Afghanistan, obtaining Bowe’s release must absolutely be a top level priority. Without a doubt, your comments will be read by people who don’t even know that Bowe is a prisoner of war.
Please join us today, BOWE TUESDAY, to remind America about Bowe. Please feature a picture of him on your Facebook profile. If you get through to even one more person who will actively stand up for Bowe, your effort would be more than worthwhile. Just 24 hours, that’s all we ask that you show Bowe’s image on your profile. That is just a drop of time compared to the 23,352 hours that he has been held captive. Twitter users, please fire out some tweets throughout the day to get Bowe’s name in the feed. #Bowe #Bergdahl #bowetuesday #POW #supportbowe. Some Bowe Supporters are starting a movement to contact their Members of Congress each Tuesday to remind them that it has been another week.
We have to ramp up our efforts to bring Bowe’s story into the spotlight. Please be part of this, we need your voice, Bowe needs your voice. Thank You all.
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I have hoisted my sail
To triumph over the tempest
And to contend with unpredictable gales
My destiny is the quest for the unknown
I will never again fear ghost or ghoul
For I am empowered with a zeal to explore the
I press forward
With the fresh power of tenacity and
I will not fear those gory thorns
I will not shrink from the battle
Though teaming with phobia and death
So long as this battle will restore me to life
These are my oars
I begin to row in the midst of the sea
And to find my direction
There beyond the unfathomable depths
The inner voice is calling me
“Why be afraid?
You have a compass in your confidence and
Silent night, holy night,
Where are you dear Bowe tonight?
Do you know that we’ve adopted you?
Do you know our hope for you is true?
America’s soldier, America’s son.
We hold you close in prayer each and every night
But most especially on this silent one.
Our Son the Soldier
How great a man he must be
To be joined in the fight to
set another part of the world free
Our Son the Soldier
So very proud of you we are
To all of us who love you,
you will always be our shining star
Our Son the Soldier
So far from home and in a foreign place
Just close your eyes to
see a familiar smiling face
Our Son the Soldier
So very far away
We will all be waiting with open
arms on your coming home day
by Denise Girod
With the recent publication of the Reuters report Exclusive: Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point, many have wondered if Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl might be included in the following potential transaction:
As part of the accelerating, high-stakes diplomacy, Reuters has learned, the United States is considering the transfer of an unspecified number of Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison into Afghan government custody.
It has asked representatives of the Taliban to match that confidence-building measure with some of their own. Those could include a denunciation of international terrorism and a public willingness to enter formal political talks with the government headed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
We have yet to see any indication from American sources that Sergeant Bergdahl’s return would be included in a Taliban “confidence building measure”, or if these “secret talks” are, in actuality, occurring. If the Reuters article is accurate, it would be worthwhile to take note of the following excerpts regarding the Haqqani network, the militant group which is holding Sergeant Bergdahl captive:
Bold attacks from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network have undermined the narrative of improving security and raised questions about how well an inexperienced Afghan military will be able to cope when foreign troops go home.
In that uncertain context, officials say that initial contacts with insurgent representatives since U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly embraced a diplomatic strategy in a February 18, 2011, speech have centered on establishing whether the Taliban was open to reconciliation, despite its pledge to continue its ‘sacred jihad’ against NATO and U.S. soldiers.
U.S. officials have met with Tayeb Agha, who was a secretary to Mullah Omar, and they have held one meeting arranged by Pakistan with Ibrahim Haqqani, a brother of the Haqqani network’s founder. They have not shut the door to further meetings with the Haqqani group, which is blamed for a brazen attack this fall on the U.S. embassy in Kabul and which U.S. officials link closely to Pakistan’s intelligence agency.
It also should be noted that on the same day that Reuters published the above article, the article No secret talks with U.S.: senior Taliban commander was also published. The following quote reminds us that the actuality of any negotiations between the United States and the Taliban remains speculation until confirmed by named US officials.
A senior Afghan Taliban commander on Monday denied that the group held secret talks with U.S. officials which had reached a turning point.
“How can talks be at a critical point when they have not even started,” the commander told Reuters by telephone in response to comments by U.S. officials who say talks have been taking place for 10 months and had reached a turning point.
Whatever diplomatic efforts might be occurring with the Taliban, we can only hope that any negotiations would lead to the swift return of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to America. On a side note, the recent discussion of potential negotiations brought to mind the following editorial cartoon from last year. Δ