There are bad guys out there; and there are good guys out there

Cretins desecrated the flag that had once draped the coffin of a soldier who died in Iraq.  And an ex-Marine who is now a police officer showed the kind of deep respect that helped soften that blow:

Not since his son was killed in combat in Iraq has Paul Olson felt so emotionally jarred.

On Memorial Day, somebody yanked the American flag out of its metal stand in front of Olson’s Corte Madera house and threw it on the ground.

It was a flag that had been draped over the casket of U.S. Army Cpl. Nicholas Olson, a Novato resident who was killed in Iraq in September 2007.

“My son’s name is on that flag. Now it’s been soiled,” Olson said. “My heart’s broken.”

Olson called the Twin Cities Police Department and filed a report. The flag, which has Nicholas Olson’s name on it, is about 5 by 6 feet and is not easy for one person to fold properly. Twin Cities police Officer Anthony Shaw came out to the house and made an impression on Olson.

“I was so upset, and then he said he had been in the Marine Corps and had done a tour of duty,” Olson said. “Then he said, ‘Would you like like me to help you fold it, sir?’ That really meant a lot to me.”

You can read the rest of the story here.

By the way, this is the second time in as many days that Vets have made a difference in my home County.  As you may recall from an earlier post, when a drunk driver plowed into a dad and daughter (killing the child and almost killing the dad), it was a vet who was able to provide immediate help.  He probably saved the dad’s live, although the dad must be suffering such horrible physical and mental anguish right now, that may not be a gift he can or ever will appreciate.

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  • suek

    I have a feeling that the Iraq war is going to have a greater long term effect than people even begin to know. Those soldiers were all volunteers. They stepped forward for a very unpleasant action, and I think they’re going to continue to step up and volunteer.

    I think _they_ will be the ones running the country in another 20-30 years. Although I have no illusions that all military men are good noble angels (Murtha comes to mind. Ick.), I think they will be better than average. As long as they can avoid corruption – that omnipresent flaw in mankind.

  • Deana

    What bothers me about hearing things like this (other than the obvious) is that it involves bothering or destroying someone else’s property.

    It does NOT matter what someone else thinks of the Iraq War or veterans – whoever did it had to go on private property and tamper with something that did not belong to them. Who gave them that right?

    This past February, my mom and I went to visit the graves of my grandparents. My grandfather was a B-17 captain in WWII, as is clearly stated on his gravemarker. Someone had stolen the silk Christmas arrangement we had placed on their graves. I wanted to shoot whoever did it in the kneecaps. I was furious.

    I just do not understand what makes someone think that they can touch someone else’s property.

  • Ymarsakar

    Marxism has now filtered into Cultural Marxism. People don’t have property. They have preferences under the victim hierarchy.

    It is no clearer choice in this battle we fight between the light and the darkness, between the principles that have elevated human civilization from cruelty and despair (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness along with the right to one’s work and property) and the sheer decadence of the caste system that would place you where the leaders tell you where you belong.

    It is not a choice between Democrats and Republicans.