SGT Bowe Bergdahl now 4 years and 4 months captive

BOWE 4 Years & 4 Months Captive

From the New York Times:

Even in Washington, officials acknowledge that once American forces depart, the Taliban likely will gain ground, at least in rural areas. And the competence of Afghanistan’s 350,000-member security force remains in doubt, even after a $40 billion investment in American weaponry and training. Although Afghan forces appear to have mostly held their own against the insurgency in the recent fighting season, they made no significant gains and suffered what some officials said were heavy casualties.1

Is this the type of sitution that we are willing to accept for Bowe at the end of the 2014 troop withdrawl? The answer is a resounding NO! The next year will be here and gone before we know it. This is why we must make every moment count in the effort to bring Bowe home.

1“An Exit Strategy From Afghanistan” The New York Times. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.”

 
 
 

SGT Bowe Bergdahl: 173 weeks captive

Today is BOWE TUESDAY 173.  SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been held captive by enemies of America for 3 years, 3 months and 2 days; 173 weeks.

One can only imagine what life is like for Bowe. Another winter has begun and surely he wonders if he will ever make it back home. And he certainly must wonder if he’s been forgotten and prays that he hasn’t.  When we try to imagine ourselves in Bowe’s situation, we realize that it is impossible to understand the depths of Bowe’s fear and desperation.

The following poem is by Robert Densmore.   Robert served in Afghanistan.  As you read it, consider how it could help one to understand more clearly Bowe’s experiences as an American soldier in Afghanistan.

A taste of Afghanistan

City sand has its own taste
Not the country’s dust,
But darker.
It’s stronger – bitter parts
Under infantry foot.
Under 500 years going and coming.
Kipling’s finest up and over –
Through the pass,
Through the places where soldiers stood
In stolid white snow.
Cemeteries in the pass where Alexander’s own
Fell on the square rocks.
Paved with smoothed over river rock,
This open grave – white, bare.

Kabul sand polishes everyone’s edges.
Tajiks sharp on the cusp
And Northern Alliance coming down
Hard in the fray.
They all want each other’s throats.
Their wives lost in the fight –
Save for pointed heels and
Gold bangled over fine red henna.

Eastern sand and southern sand,
Pakistan sand crooked as broken teeth,
Herati sand pure and rising to the top.
Nothing mixes and there is no space in between.
If God loved this place he doesn’t now.
If He breathed in the brass bullet casings
And the diesel air and spiteful prayers.
A place for lust and dirty children
And the things night can hide.

What things grown men can hide-
In the dark corners of their own children’s rooms.
In the big shadows of a capital with no master and no disciple.
No scope for all things to come together
The sand and the dust and the dirt that makes things grow-
When it is left alone.

But we’ve put our fingers in it
And the stirring and stamping won’t leave
Much for the growing.
Dust bowls and cyclone air will take the rest.
Every village is filled with it now –
Dust from our bombs and inside our APCs.
Dirt scrubbed from our rifle actions
And ground into our sweaty palms like Mississippi silt.

And still nothing grows.
I’ve taken a knee in seventeen villages –
On street corners and broken down roundabouts,
On highways and in shattered homes.
On helo pads and plywood chapel steps,
On the backs of dead men-
And screaming vile women.

They will, all of them, bend or break –
It is either them or me.
It’s either winning or losing
And putting in its place
What does not belong,
Sand of a different taste and hue
That cannot tell me it is sorry.

                 ~ Robert Densmore, 2009
 

BOWE TUESDAY 159: Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl now held captive for 1113 days.

Today is BOWE TUESDAY 159. SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been held as a prisoner of war for 1113 days.

The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives will be in session for another two weeks before they go on break. This would be a very good week to leave a phone message for your Senators and Representative. The U.S. Capitol Switchboard can be reached by calling (202)224-3121. When you call, give them your Senators’ names or Representative’s name and tell them that you wish to be connected to their office. Be sure you jot down what you want to say beforehand so that you can get in everything you want tell them. Keep it brief. Be sure to let them know that you are counting on them to do everything in their power to see that Bowe’s release is obtained. Tell them that you want to be able to depend on them to support any effort brought before them to rescue him from his captors. Follow HERE to confirm who your Members of Congress are. If you use this link, you will be able to find the direct lines to your Members of Congress. The main switchboard will get you there also, they just have to connect you.

Please help to raise awareness about Bowe’s captivity by changing your Facebook profile picture today to one that brings attention to Bowe. Please make a special post asking your friends to also make a call to their Members on Congress. And PLEASE share this post. And when you share on Facebook, you’d be amazed at how many shares happen just because you shared on your timeline.  And if you actually state on your post PLEASE SHARE, you’ll dramatically boost the chances of having someone else share your post. We all need to get Bowe’s name in front of as many people as possible.  Follow HERE for our BOWE TUESDAY post on Facebook.

We continue to ask Twitter users to send out some tweets during the day to tell others about Bowe using hash tags  #Bergdahl #bowetuesday #supportbowe #POW.  You can top by Twitter and retweet some of ours: https://twitter.com/WaitingForBowe OR https://twitter.com/POWMIAvoice

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A Message to All Bowe Supporters: Recent events in Afghanistan heighten our sense of urgency to bring Bowe home

Dear Bowe Supporters,

We cannot tell you how important it is at this time to make those in America aware of the fact that Bowe is still being held as a prisoner of war. We have to reach out to bring more people into the circle of those who are fighting to bring Bowe home. The more people who are willing to demand of our government that Bowe’s release be a top level priority, the more pressure we can put on those who make the decisions that will lead to Bowe’s safe return. 
 
There are several current events that add even more to the need to act with urgency to rescue Bowe from his captors. Due to the recent Koran burinings. the mood in Afghanistan is not good. US ambassador Ryan Crocker said, “the situation is tense.” One observation further describes the situation “The anger of Afghans is evident, whether it be over the sense of religious insult or the sheer frustration with a war that has gone on too long and yielded too little.” What remains to be seen is how this situation will alter the strategic plans implemented or the tactics which will be used to achieve America’s goals in Afghanistan. According to a report in the New York times: “The United States now has what one senior American official said was ‘almost no margin of error’ in trying to achieve even limited goals in Afghanistan after a series of crises that have stirred resentment.” We know that anything that affects the mission in Afghanistan will also have an affect on America’s influence in Pakistan which will in turn affect efforts to prevail over the Haqqani network. Since the Haqqani network has been determined to be the group that is holding Bowe captive, the recent developments in Afghanistan are of even more concern to us who are working to make haste efforts to obtain Bowe’s release.
 
Of further concern, the AP and Washington Post reported that Ambassador Crocker sent a top-secret cable to Washington last month warning that the existence of “enemy havens” in Pakistan was placing the success of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan in jeopardy. The report says the message was so secretive that it was sent through CIA channels rather than the usual ones in the State Department. 
 
The Washington Post says the contents of the cable could become “ammunition” for some senior military officials who favor more aggressive action by the U.S. against the Haqqani havens in Pakistan. The Post also goes on to say “the cable written by Ambassador Ryan C Crocker last month ‘amounted to an admission that years of US efforts to curtail insurgent activity in Pakistan by the lethal Haqqani network, a key Taliban ally, were failing.” 
 
Something that adds to the doubts that the Haqqani network is being deterred from pursuing its militant goals is a recent report that it has just has issued guidelines to its insurgents in a newly published book called the ‘Nizami Darsona’, which is comprised of more than 160 pages and written by unknown Abu Umar Asaltfi in Pashto language.
 
‘Nizami Darsona’ says that it aims at helping active members of the Taliban in organizing themselves so that they may effectively increase their activities against foreign forces active in war-torn Afghanistan.
 
The book, in its initial chapters, expands on the need of a holy war and its types through Quranic verses and through the prophet Mohammed’s sayings.
 
On a positve note, according to a statement issued by International Security Assistance Force, a Haqqani leader was captured by Afghan and coalition security forces during an operation on Monday at eastern Afghanistan. The statement further added, the operation was conducted in Nadir Shah Kot district, Khost province. The leader managed an insurgent network and directed operations against Afghan civilians and security forces in the district.
 
All of these events are inspring much debate on the internet on the various news information sites as well as in discussion forums. This gives us all an opprtunity to add to these discussions by posting comments that remind people that no matter what happens in Afghanistan, obtaining Bowe’s release must absolutely be a top level priority. Without a doubt, your comments will be read by people who don’t even know that Bowe is a prisoner of war.
 
Please join us today, BOWE TUESDAY, to remind America about Bowe. Please feature a picture of him on your Facebook profile. If you get through to even one more person who will actively stand up for Bowe, your effort would be more than worthwhile. Just 24 hours, that’s all we ask that you show Bowe’s image on your profile. That is just a drop of time compared to the 23,352 hours that he has been held captive. Twitter users, please fire out some tweets throughout the day to get Bowe’s name in the feed. #Bowe #Bergdahl #bowetuesday #POW #supportbowe. Some Bowe Supporters are starting a movement to contact their Members of Congress each Tuesday to remind them that it has been another week. 
 
We have to ramp up our efforts to bring Bowe’s story into the spotlight. Please be part of this, we need your voice, Bowe needs your voice. Thank You all.
 
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BOWE TUESDAY 24 January 2012: Sgt Bowe Bergdahl held captive 134 weeks

Its BOWE TUESDAY #134 – can you believe it? Another week has passed and our young soldier, Sgt Bowe Robert Bergdahl, still remains a prisoner of war. NINE HUNDRED and THIRTY-EIGHT days. –> 938 <– Please show your support for Sergeant Bergdahl on Facebook and twitter today. Help to raise awareness about the horrible situation this American is suffering.

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