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Ode to Liam Tasker and Theo

Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist and Patriot

In life, they were inseparable. And in death, this brave man and his best friend are staying by each other’s side.

A record-breaking Army sniffer dog and his devoted handler will make their final journey home together next week.

Theo, a springer spaniel cross, suffered a fatal seizure shortly after his master, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, was shot dead by the Taliban on Tuesday in early March in Afghanistan.

One of our readers, Tom Crane was touched enough by the event to write a poem about the tragedy and asked If it could appear on this site.  Gladly my friend, Gladly!
Dear Liam and Theo,

We Weep For Thee.

Born of the chaos and misery of war,

You forged a bond that only death could part.

Yours was a love that can only be shared by a master and his dog and for those of us who understand, that love can only be joined by the heart.

The sacrifice that you made that others might live will, forevermore, be a part of life’s story.

We pray that you will both share in God’s eternal glory.

Rest ye well.

Poem copy written © March, 2011

Thomas

 

 

In the Afghanistan war new rules of engagement are killing U.S. Troops

By Jim Campbell

New rules of engagement in Afghanistan that are designed to better protect civilians will endanger U.S soldiers, and NATO Allies.
In concert with Afghans and NATO allies, American soldiers last month waged an aggressive fight against Taliban insurgents in the town of Marjah.
CASUALTIES AND DEATHS AMONG U.S. AND ALLIED TROOPS HAVE DOUBLED SINCE NEW RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.
CASUALTIES AND DEATHS AMONG U.S. AND ALLIED TROOPS
HAVE DOUBLED SINCE NEW RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.


Military families back home want to know: Are troops walking into hell with one hand tied behind their backs? Are civilian lives being spared in exchange for military lives?

The answers to both questions are an emphatic yes.
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