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Remember the Heroes of Benghazi

On the night of September 11, 2012, members of the Islamic terrorist group Ansar Al-Sharia attacked the United States Diplomatic Post and the CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Information Management Officer Sean Smith, CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and wounding ten others.  The Obama administration and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially claimed that the attack was part of a spontaneous demonstration caused by an anti-Muslim internet video.  Subsequent investigation proved that to be false.

The terrorist attack contradicted the Obama-Clinton narrative that their “lead from behind” policies and empowerment of the “Arab Spring” movement was successful in reducing the risks of terror attacks in the US and elsewhere.  To prevent public awareness of their agenda’s failure, the administration refused to deploy Quick Reaction Forces near enough to Benghazi to have prevented the unacceptable loss of American lives.  Their decision, a deliberate failure to protect American personnel in harms way, is a monument to their deceit.   

History must be an indelible memorial of past events and experiences for individuals and nations.  In the beginning, the story of a family or a nation was an oral account shared with reverence by elders to their children.  Committed to memory and often embellished, the tales of the past reminded future generations of their origins and history.  While the invention of writing and the printing press served to ease the transmission process, no one could have imagined the exponential explosion of historical data as a consequence of our current digital age.  From the beginning, the entire purpose was to improve the methods of saving data for future examination and use. 

The challenge, however, has always been the variable reliability of inserted data and now, even more important, the manipulation of data already in the system.  The manual splicing of audio tape, a task flawlessly performed by experts in the recording studio, replaced a missed high note in a soprano’s aria with one properly sung by another artist.  Howls of rage ensued when that knowledge became public.  Today, the manipulation of digital data is commonplace and accepted.  Early computer techs issued the “garbage in – garbage out” warning.  The true scheme today is “digital data in – create whatever you need out”.

The history of a people creates a foundation for their combined philosophy and belief system and serves as a bridge to their future, while maintaining the positive traditions of the past.  Our founding documents specify a relationship between government and each citizen that protects the sovereignty of the individual.  Those who intend to eliminate the Natural Law Rights of each of us must first destroy those documents and erase our memory of what they contain.  They must tear down the monuments that detail our past and forbid the teaching of true history to our children.   

A lesson from ancient times teaches us the importance of erecting monuments to the past.  In the Book of Joshua (Joshua 4, English Standard Version), “Twelve Memorial Stones from the Jordan” are used as a memorial of the crossing of the Jordan River by the Children of Israel.

4 When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’

. . . . that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.  So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.

It is unacceptable to eradicate the truth about our nation’s past.  It is incumbent on historians to verify truth in recounting the successes and failures of government decisions before speculating on motives and agendas that are hidden in the minds of men.    

More important, it is the duty of each of us to tell the story of the greatness of America to our children and grandchildren.  We must educate them about the Natural Law Rights that our Constitutional Republic guarantees to every single person.  We must make them understand that, when the rights of the minority (even a minority of one) are eliminated, the only result is tyranny and slavery for all but the ruling elite.

Heroes do not die until they are forgotten.

Resist Tyranny !


E110: Del Wilber – Remember the Heroes of Benghazi
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