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Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« on: June 07, 2014, 04:53:44 PM »
Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
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Martha Mendoza
The Associated Press


The former pastor of the parents of a soldier released from Taliban captivity after almost five years said Friday they have been hurt by allegations that he was a traitor and by the outpouring of anger toward their family.

"They have been really hurt," said Pastor Phil Proctor of Sterling Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Virginia. "They're trying to keep their heads down."

Proctor said Bob and Jani Bergdahl were surprised by interviews they have seen with former platoon mates of their son Bowe Bergdahl. Some of the soldiers told media outlets they didn't support the exchange of five Taliban officials that led to his freedom.

"This very much hit them as a shock and I'm not sure anybody's got the full story," said Proctor, who is urging prayer and compassion for the family.

Proctor said the Bergdahls, who live in Idaho, have yet to speak with their son, who is currently recovering at a military hospital in Germany.

Bob Bergdahl, who has a full beard and spoke briefly in Pashto during a White House news conference, has spent the past five years trying to identify with the culture of his son's captors, Proctor said.

"Well the beard thing, and the Pashto, Bob felt from the get-go if there was going to be a diplomatic solution that it was kind of on him to do it," Proctor said. "He felt like as Bowe's father he could reach out and try to speak directly to various people and he did so."

Proctor said he was the family's pastor in 2003 in Boise and has remained close with them ever since. He spent time with them after their son was captured and they came to Washington, D.C., to meet with officials.

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Re: Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 05:13:09 PM »
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Re: Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2014, 05:37:59 PM »
I care about the 6 soldiers families who were killed looking for him. I don't give a damn about Bergdahl's family

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Re: Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014, 05:43:46 PM »

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Re: Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2014, 06:32:37 PM »
As part of the son's insanity defense, call his own father to the stand.

During WWII we called the enemy "Japs" and "Gerries" and had no interest to get inside their cultures, etc.

That was back when we actually won wars because we fought them to be won, and accepted nothing less.

Back when we intentionally dropped bombs on munitions areas, knowing full well we would also kill/injure hundreds and thousands of non-combatants.

Back when we won wars.

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Re: Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2014, 06:47:39 PM »
As part of the son's insanity defense, call his own father to the stand.

During WWII we called the enemy "Japs" and "Gerries" and had no interest to get inside their cultures, etc.

That was back when we actually won wars because we fought them to be won, and accepted nothing less.

Back when we intentionally dropped bombs on munitions areas, knowing full well we would also kill/injure hundreds and thousands of non-combatants.

Back when we won wars.

It's a different world today, T_S.

Today they can drop a warhead literally down a chimney....from thousands of miles away.   In an air-conditioned office...K-cup coffee systems and all.

Today, collateral damage is not easily accepted or explained.
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Re: Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2014, 06:58:46 PM »
It's a different world today, T_S.

Today they can drop a warhead literally down a chimney....from thousands of miles away.   In an air-conditioned office...K-cup coffee systems and all.

Today, collateral damage is not easily accepted or explained.
I remember the weeks right after 9-11-2001. Full page color articles in the LA Times, depicting our military capabilities for the mountains of Afghanistan.

We would be able to use thermal methods, to find human activity hidden deep in mountain caves.

A few weeks later we bombed the mountain areas for awhile, but have heard little since3 about our Hi-Tech prowess for conducting war against these primitive, but dedicated people.

When we leave the chapter will be added right after the Russians, of those who tried but failed to defeat the Afghans in their mountains, despite our technology.

I believe widespread civilian death is a sure fire way to win and end wars. That is the order; win then end. Not just end-undecided.

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Re: Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2014, 08:02:51 PM »
Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
Jun. 7, 2014 - 11:56AM   |   
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Martha Mendoza
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The former pastor of the parents of a soldier released from Taliban captivity after almost five years said Friday they have been hurt by allegations that he was a traitor and by the outpouring of anger toward their family.

"They have been really hurt," said Pastor Phil Proctor of Sterling Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Virginia. "They're trying to keep their heads down."

Proctor said Bob and Jani Bergdahl were surprised by interviews they have seen with former platoon mates of their son Bowe Bergdahl. Some of the soldiers told media outlets they didn't support the exchange of five Taliban officials that led to his freedom.

"This very much hit them as a shock and I'm not sure anybody's got the full story," said Proctor, who is urging prayer and compassion for the family.

Proctor said the Bergdahls, who live in Idaho, have yet to speak with their son, who is currently recovering at a military hospital in Germany.

Bob Bergdahl, who has a full beard and spoke briefly in Pashto during a White House news conference, has spent the past five years trying to identify with the culture of his son's captors, Proctor said

http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140607/NEWS/306070032/Pastor-Bergdahl-s-parents-really-hurt-by-outcry
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Re: Pastor: Bergdahl's parents 'really hurt' by outcry
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2014, 08:12:19 PM »
Sorry, pastor, but tough $#!t.
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