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MIKE MASTERSON: Behind enemy lines

Saving O’Grady

By Mike Masterson

This article was published March 11, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

It's the afternoon of June 2, 1995. Captain Scott O'Grady is piloting his F-16 jet fighter to enforce a NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia when kaboom! A fiery explosion rips through his airplane from 10 feet behind his seat.

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23cal says... March 11, 2018 at 8:54 a.m.

Kudos and appreciation to O'Grady.
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When I read columns like this, it always provokes questions for me.
"During that time he focuses his thoughts on the three most important aspects of his life: his Christian faith, his family, and a patriotic love of country." " Many were searching intently for the prize O'Grady represented."
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I wonder if Mike knows that the people who shot him down and were searching for him, and who, incidentally, he had been dropping bombs on, were also Christians, many of whose most important aspects of life were "Christian faith, family, and a patriotic love of country"?
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In Serbia at that time, we were dropping bombs on Christians who were laying a little genocide on Muslims. I wonder if Mike knew that.
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I wonder if Mike knew about The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide, which was the July 1995 genocide by Christians of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War. The forcible transfer and abuse, of between 25,000 and 30,000 Bosniak women, children and elderly which accompanied the massacre was found to constitute genocide, when accompanied with the killings and separation of the men. In 2005, Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the United Nations described the mass murder as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War.
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Mike implies that prayer and faith contributed to O'Grady making it out, but it makes me wonder about the hundreds of thousands who have had faith and prayed but didn't make it out. Did they not have enough faith? Did they not pray hard enough? Or, are we just supposed to put it down to that 'works in mysterious ways' cliche when something cannot be reasonably explained, but accept Mike's implication O'Grady got special dispensation because of these things?
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I wonder if Mike would ever print an equally compelling story about someone who wasn't a Christian, but whose other most important things in life were family and patriotism. Somehow, I don't think that would fit his agenda.

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mrcharles says... March 11, 2018 at 11:09 a.m.

23 you know the answer to your questions. MM has the analytical ability of faux news, sound bites. Throwing red meat to the right wing here.

Christians killing Christians, it has never gone away just softened over the years. The Serbian Christians had clear marking on them and even weapons "to designate in g-d we Trust" ILKS.

As to family he should note the less ancient part of this ancient book of historical fiction clearly mentions family relations..as well in It's dreary walk with father's and son to appease the deity of human sacrifice.

Basically MM appeals to the types who have no idea of your presentational facts.. Yet most voted for Trump.

His mysteries are intellectual laziness and the best a mammal mind like his can come up with HE DID MAKE CRSYTAL CLEAR THE SERBS OF CHRITIAN FAITH ARE MURDERS. LOGICALLY IT IS NO MYSTERY CHRISTIANS ARE MURDERS!.

Thoughts but no prayers.

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DoubleBlind says... March 11, 2018 at 11:15 a.m.

23cal - Spot on. Masterson’s hypocrisy has become insufferable.

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