Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Courage & Cowardice

Private First Class Foster Barton, of Grove City, Ohio, is a proud member of the 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas and currently deployed to Iraq.

1st Cavalry Division
America's First Team

To: PV2 Foster Barton and All Military
From: Mom and Dad and Family in Ohio
Prayer for Those in the Service: Almighty God, we stand before You asking for Your divine mercy and protection. Embrace with Your invincible armour our loved ones in all branches of the service. Give them courage and strength against enemies both spiritual and physical and hasten their safe journey back to their homes and families. Amen. Foster we love and miss you, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

To: PV2 Foster Barton
From: Mom, Dad & Jess in OHIO
Dear Foster and ALL MILITARY members! God Bless you all! We are so PROUD OF ALL OF YOU and appreciate all the sacrifices you are making to provide us with our freedom! We love and miss you all and pray for a QUICK and SAFE RETURN HOME!! God Bless you all. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS! Chin up. Keep up the great work!!! Love Mom

Last month PFC Barton, 19, almost lost his leg when the Humvee he was riding in ran over a landmine. PFC Barton was awarded the Purple Heart.

From: Your Big Sis in Grove City, OH
Foster, I want you to know how very proud we are of you and all the other soldiers that are sacrificing the same things you are. We are praying really hard for you that you fully recover and come home to us safe and sound. Keep the faith and remember how much we love you! Stay strong! We hope to see you soon! Love always, Your Big Sis!

Last Friday night, PFC Barton was brutally beaten in the parking lot of the Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio as he was leaving the Toby Keith concert.

To: Foster Barton
From: Becky Davis and Family in Ohio
Hi Foster. I just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear of your experience at Germain, and thank you for everything you're doing to keep my family free and safe from harm. We'll be praying for you each and every day here in Columbus. God Bless You son, you're making us proud to be Americans.

"I don't remember getting hit at all, really," said PFC Barton. "He hit me in the back of the head. I fell and hit the ground. I was knocked unconscious and he continued to punch and kick me on the ground."

He and his family say he was attacked because he was wearing an Operation Iraqi Freedom t-shirt.

According to the Columbus police, six witnesses who didn't know Barton said the person who beat him up was screaming profanities and making crude remarks about U.S. soldiers.

PFC Barton was beaten so badly that he can't go back to Iraq as scheduled. He had been on a 2-week leave from Iraq when the incident happened.

PFC Foster Barton

PFC Barton said he wants to go back as soon as possible because his unit was just attacked.

Barton's mother said she has a message for her son's attacker, who police said ran into the crowd after the incident and was not arrested.

"He needs our prayers, just like the insurgents, because he's a coward," Cindy Barton said.

Yes ma'am, he's a coward, but no ma'am, I don't think I'll be praying for him. What he needs is his ass kicked. And I will volunteer to kick his ass all the way to Fort Benning, Home of the Infantry, where I will persuade him that it truly is in his best interest to sign up for Basic Combat Training.

And maybe after a few weeks of attitude adjustment, compliments of the Drill Sergeants in Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, he can be assigned to a combat unit in Iraq (forget about the 1st Cavalry Division .. he would never last).

A bit of wishful thinking, but that would be justice in my book.

This one makes my blood boil. I cannot be and do not wish to be objective. While separated by a stretch of years, PFC Barton and I share a bond .. we are both 1st Cavalry Division combat veterans .. and few bonds are stronger than that.

I hope Toby Keith learns of this .. maybe he'll write a song about it. Which now that I think about it -- what the hell was that coward who attacked PFC Barton doing at a Toby Keith concert if not looking for trouble?

The larger story is troubling and it is this: the angry anti-war rhetoric coming from leftists in this country -- yes, that includes John Kerry, Howard Dean, et al -- has reached a point where it is no longer distinguishable from the propaganda of our enemy .. and it is inciting the type of actions last Friday night at the Germain Amphitheater.

Or do you think the cowardly attacker is a W supporter?

Decorated Soldier Attacked At Concert

NOTE: You can find the messages to PFC Barton, quoted above, at To Our Soldiers. It's a great resource for our soldiers and their families and friends. Check it out.


Anonymous said...

what a bogus story. let me get this clear, witnesses saw this and didn't do anything about it? they were close enough to stop it and didn't stop it? then they were able to discern that the attacker (or mugger?) was attacking for political motivations instead of just making wiseguy cracks at the soldier?

you prowar types just make up story after story about soldiers being picked on by the anti-war movement. pathetic really.

MerryMadMonk said...

Bogus? No. Just the facts.

Yes, I have a problem with the witnesses who did not try to stop PFC Barton's cowardly attacker. I have a problem that they watched as the coward repeatedly kicked a man when he was down, unconscious. They were as cowardly as the attacker for not intervening. But that does not change the fact that stand by and watch is exactly what they did.

FACT. It was the Columbus police who stated that they believed the attack was politically motivated.

FACT. The police reports quote witnesses who heard the coward scream profanities and make crude remarks about U.S. soldiers.

FACT. According to witnesses, PFC Foster Barton did nothing to provoke the attack.

FACT. Witnesses did nothing to stop the attack.

FACT. The coward has since been arrested and charged with second degree assault.

Yes, I support the War on Terrorism. No, I have no need to make up stories. I leave that to the outrageous leftist groups such as and the

As for war, in general, I'm with John Stewart Mill:

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

As to what is pathetic, you and your fellow antiwar buddies fit that definition completely.

The Foster Barton's of this great nation lay their lives on the line to ensure your freedoms -- including your freedom to be an insufferable, pathetic ass.