Fifth Anniversary of the USS Cole Bombing
Michelle Malkin has a post on the the fifth anniversary of the Cole bombing.
Today is the fifth anniversary of the U.S.S. Cole bombing. Please take a moment to note the event on your blogs today if you have a chance. Stars and Stripes pays tribute to the 17 sailors killed in the terrorist attack, the dozens wounded, the survivors, and the families affected. Command Master Chief James Parlier will never forget the decision he was forced to make in leaving a mortally wounded sailor to die:
Ã¢€œThatÃ¢€™s the first time in my Navy career that I had to let someone die, so I did,Ã¢€ Parlier said. Ã¢€œI made the call. I said last rites. I said a prayer and then we put him on the side somewhere so he wouldnÃ¢€™t be in a position where he was dying in front of the crew and demoralizing the crew.Ã¢€
What did demoralize the crew was Yemenis celebrating the attack in view of Cole crewmembers for a couple of nights following the attack, Parlier said. They felt the Cole was their trophy, he said.
Ã¢€œBoy, that sticks [with me], seeing all these guys in white outfits jumping up and down, partying music blaring,Ã¢€ he said.
For the ColeÃ¢€™s sailors, it was tough not to retaliate, he said.
The Cole incident was one of a series of terrorist attacks in the 1990s that were not adequately answered by the United States, said Marc Genest, an associate professor of strategy and policy at the Naval War College.
Ã¢€œMeasured responses against terrorist organizations are seen as a sign of weakness, not strength,Ã¢€ he said.
Genest said the overall lesson from the Cole is that not responding to terroristsÃ¢€™ attacks only emboldens them.
Ã¢€œThe time to attack terrorists is at the very beginning of their strategy,Ã¢€ he said.