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Friday, October 3, 2008

Let Us Honor Great Men...

In 1991 Somalia was torn with civil unrest and conflict. Because of the warring factions, the people of Somalia were starving to death on a massive scale. By the end of 1991 severe fighting had broken out in Mogadishu which aggravated the situation even more. The UN sent food but most of it was stolen by the warring clans. After a cease fire in July of 1992, the UN sent some military observers to oversee the distribution of food. In August of '92 President George H. W. Bush announced that the US military would be assisting the UN workers with security. But the whole mission purposed changed when the tyrant and pervert Bill Clinton was elected to office and changed the military objectives from support to nation building. After several treaty meetings, which had favorable outcomes, it became clear that one of the Somalian warlords, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, was not cooperating. He was the most powerful of the warlords and had the support of the local populace.

On this day in 1993, Task Force Ranger, along with some Airborne and Delta Force units were deployed into the city of Mogadishu to capture two of Aidid's top advisers. The resistance they met was completely unexpected as what was supposed to be a two hour operation dragged on until the next morning. Due to a series of errors and mishaps, beginning with the fall of PFC. Todd Blackburn as he lost his grip while fast roping into the city, the operation became a nightmare. Then two Black hawk helicopters were shot down. As the 160 American soldiers battled the 3,000+ Somalis, heroism was rampant. One of the greatest stories of sacrifice to come from this conflict, which was to be later known as the Battle of Mogadishu, was the heroism of SFC Randy Shughart and MSG Gary Gordon, two Delta Force snipers. They watched from another Black hawk as the helicopter piloted by CW3 Mike Durant (Super Six-Four) was shot down. They assisted from the air as best they could in holding back the Somali mob from overunning the downed helicopter and killing all aboard. When they realized that there was nothing else they could do from the air, they asked to be inserted close to the crash site to assist Durant with his defense. As Shughart and Gordon reached the helicopter they realized that it would only be a matter of time until the position was overrun, so they determined to sell their lives as dearly as possible, killing an unknown number of the enemy before they were finally killed. Durant was captured alive and was later released.

The battle officially ended on October 4th at 6:30 A.M., when the last soldiers were evacuated to the Pakistani compound. American casualties were 18 killed and 73 wounded and they had inflicted 500-2,000 casualties on their adversaries. But the worst of it was that at least two dead US servicemen were dragged through the streets of Somalia. Footage of this was played in the US over the next several weeks.

Clinton did nothing.

Author's note: I have read the book Blackhawk Down and I heartily recommend it to all you men. I think would probably be too graphic for the ladies, though. Also, here is the clip from the movie that tells the story of Shughart and Gordon. It is rather graphic.

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Blogger Mike said...

Excellent post Stephen!

Black Hawk Down is one of my favorite movies, it always leaves me feeling angrier at Clinton and his minions.

God Bless,

October 3, 2008 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger crazylotrfan said...

The realism of warfare in some movies is frightening. Great Post!

In Him,

October 4, 2008 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comments, guys!

Mike: It seems that every war after WWII was political. My view of patriotism is different than most folks, but it is still very difficult to see those guys die in vain.

Chris: An even more frightening fact is that the movies portray what actually happened. They aren't making this stuff up. When a human being is blown to oblivion, that really happened. Look forward to seeing y'all tonight.

October 4, 2008 at 2:24 PM  

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