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January 19, 2006

"A Decent and Honorable Young Man..."

Remember John Walker Lindh? You know, the kid who fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan? His dad says it's time for the president to forgive the boy:

After years of silence, the father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh said Thursday he has asked President Bush to grant his son clemency, adding that the then teenager never raised arms against the United States.

"In simple terms, this is the story of a decent and honorable young man embarked on a spiritual quest," said Frank Lindh, swallowing back tears at times during a speech at the Commonwealth Club, a nonprofit organization.

You know, my dad grounded me for a month when I accidentally broke the windshield of the family car when I threw a rock at a hornet's nest. If Lindh had been my dad, I probably would have been given forgiveness and a puppy.

Later in the article, Lindh talks about how proud he is of his son. That seems...odd. I would understand if Lindh said he loved his son, but pride seems like a strange emotion to feel for a boy who fought alongside extremists.

Who the heck wrote this post? Read on...


My name is Slublog. Okay, that's not my real name, but it works for me. I have my own blog, which I use to rant about politics. It keeps me from yelling at the television and annoying my wife, so it's a worthy hobby. I comment often on Ace's site and enjoy the debate.

I live in Maine, and work in higher education administration. I'm married, with a kid on the way and agree with Dave that the Burger King commercials are creepy.

I'm grateful to Ace for the opportunity to post here, and thanks to all of you for reading this.

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