- The Washington Times - Friday, October 20, 2006

Nobles: Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, whose sacrifice should make all Americans ask, “Where do we find such men?”

An Oct. 8 Los Angeles Times story on the death of a Navy SEAL in Iraq said that “not much is known of the circumstances surrounding his death.” That would change a few days later when word got out that on Sept. 29 Petty Officer Monsoor had sacrificed his life to save two fellow SEALs in Ramadi, Iraq.

The SEALs had been positioned on a rooftop hideout providing sniper cover as U.S. and Iraqi soldiers beneath them conducted operations. Petty Officer Monsoor was near the only door to the rooftop when a hand grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor, putting all four SEALs in mortal danger.

“He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it,” said one of the SEALs later. What he meant was that Petty Officer Monsoor voluntarily fell on the grenade, killing himself but saving the two SEALs closest to him.

It is said that Navy SEALs are the deadliest warriors in the world, but Petty Officer Monsoor’s unimaginably heroic act also proves that they are also the most selfless. A few months earlier, Petty Officer Monsoor had pulled a wounded SEAL to safety as bullets whizzed by his head — an act for which he would posthumously be awarded the Silver Star.

Just as incredibly, he is only the second SEAL to die in Iraq since the war began.

For committing the ultimate sacrifice, Petty Officer Monsoor is the Noble of the week.

Nobles: Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, whose sacrifice should make all Americans ask, “Where do we find such men?”.

Criticizing the proposed security fence on the U.S. southern border, the former Soviet premier drew a most obnoxious parallel for a Texas audience: “You remember President Reagan standing in Berlin and saying, ‘This wall should be torn down.’ ”

No, Mr. Gorbachev, no one remembers that, because that’s not what he said. What most people remember is Mr. Reagan ordering you, sir, the leader of a totalitarian state, to tear down the wall, which, coincidentally, you didn’t do — at least not for a couple more years, when events moved beyond your control.

In any case, the curious thing about the Berlin Wall — and why Mr. Gorbachev’s analogy is wrong — is that anyone who wanted to cross into East Berlin could do so. But good luck trying to go back to West Berlin. It was just one of the reasons why Mr. Reagan labeled the Communist empire “evil.”

For trying to distort history, Mr. Gorbachev is the Knave of the week.

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