Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Something Admirable in Hillary Clinton's Aug 31st 2016 Speech
Sam Ghandchi
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A week ago, on August 31, 2016, Hillary Clinton in a speech in Cincinnati mentioned an important point about the way US Seals cared about well-being of the family of Bin Laden even risking their own lives. I suggest to readers to carefully read this part of Mrs. Clinton's speech because it really shows what it is to be human despite being in a conflict*.

In contrast, I remember in 1982 in Iran I met an Afghani who had escaped Afghanistan, was telling me about how Taliban killed the family of those they considered traitors. That was about 20 years before Sept 11th, 2001-- i.e. when Taliban and Al Qaeda were fighting the Soviets.

This is a very important red line and really differentiates one nation from another or one group from another when for whatever reason, they are at war. I am really disappointed that Mr. Donald Trump, the GOP nominee for 2016 US Presidential Election says that he will punish the family of terrorists for the crime of those criminals.

I am not writing because of being pro US Democratic Party. In fact, a year ago, I criticized Hillary Clinton for the way she addressed Iranian people. But having disagreement is not the same as differing on fundamental values of a democracy. What Mr. Trump has expressed about the way he intends to treat the family of criminal terrorists contradicts our ethics of seeing individuals responsible for their own actions-- a view which separates progressive people from those who still do honor killing and commit similar blood feuds.

Hoping for a democratic and secular 
futurist republic in Iran,

Sam Ghandchi
September 6, 2016


1. Hillary Clinton’s Speech Touting ‘American Exceptionalism’ (Aug 31, 2016)

I was deeply honored to be part of that small group advising the president. I brought to those discussions my experience as a senator from New York on 9/11. And my commitment to do whatever I could in whatever role I had to bring bin Laden to justice.
You’ve all seen the picture of us crowded into the smaller situation room watching the video screen, every second counted. One of the copters misgauged how high the wall was around the courtyard, clipped the tail, getting disabled. It didn’t stop the SEALs from rushing out, getting into the compound, returning fire against bin Laden’s body guards, taking on his adult son and finally bin Laden himself.
But the SEALs knew that they had to destroy the helicopter before they left. I was holding my breath through the entire operation because at anytime Pakistani soldiers could have arrived. This compound was in a military garrisoned city, actually the home of their military academy. So yes, every second counted, but still our SEALs took the time to move the women and children, bin Laden’s family members, to safety before destroying the helicopter. That is what honor looks like, that is America at our best.
Maybe the soldiers of other nations wouldn’t have bothered, or maybe they’d have taken revenge on those family members of terrorists, but that is not who we are. And anyone who doesn’t understand that doesn’t understand what makes our nation great.


























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