Pfc. Kristian Menchaca & Pfc. Thomas Tucker

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A Jordanian who killed two U.S. soldiers last month was fatally wounded in a clash with security forces, a senior Iraqi official said Tuesday. Di-yar Is-mail Ma-hmoud, known as A-bu al-A-fghani, was identified as the killer of the two soldiers…

Jordanian who killed 2 U.S. soldiers dies continues…..
The two soldiers’ mutilated bodies were found after they were captured in a firefight near Youssifiyah, southwest of Baghdad.

A third American was killed in the clash.

The discovery of Pfc. Kristian Menchaca of Houston and Pfc. Thomas Tucker of Madras, Ore. – both of whom were badly mutilated and at least one beheaded – came after exhaustive searches with thousands of soldiers fanning out in an area south of Baghdad known as the “Triangle of Death” because of frequent attacks.

A third soldier, David J. Babineau, 25, of Springfield, Mass., was found dead at the checkpoint where the soldiers were killed two days before.”

Was Justice served?

What is justice?
Is it simply the quality of being just or fair?

It’s been said that “justice deferred is justice denied”.
Some say it is the due reward or punishment for a specific act, or perhaps “getting what one deserves.”

In Catholicism “justice” is one of the four cardinal virtues. It is the moderation between selfishness and selflessness.

Under Law, litigants are known to seek what they perceive as justice, by asking for compensation for wrongs committed against them… to right the inequity so to speak.

Perhaps with the compensation, a wrong can be seen as righted and somehow the balance of good versus evil has been addressed.

We know that social justice is the way authority maintains law and order in society.

Aristotle said: Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

And brave these soldiers were.

To the families of Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, Pfc. Thomas Tucker and David J. Babineau.

Perhaps one day we will all understand
Why the good Lord decided to take your boys’ hands and lead them to Heaven just now.

I will mourn for the things that will not be, for the special times your familes will have knowing he won’t be there…

I can only celebrate their lives and ensure that the sweet memory of your boys survive..

I will pray for them, remind others to think of them, pray for them some more….
I have seen to it that their names are a household word in my home..

Perhaps they had a list of things, their own little “to do” list…
but foremost on the list, was to watch over and care for every one of us living in this free country.

Know that their lives were worthwhile, and that I owe my safety and existence to your boys.

I always believed that if you try to help somebody who is in pain or sorrow..
Then you can hit your knees at night…knowing that your day was not in vain.

God bless. Take comfort.Their precious lives saved ours.

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10 Responses to “Pfc. Kristian Menchaca & Pfc. Thomas Tucker”

  1. Gayle says:

    Wonderful sentiments you’ve expressed so eloquently Angel. Wouldn’t it be a blessing if everyone in this country recognized the fact that these men are heroes? Wouldln’t it be an even bigger blessing if all of us stood united, together, “one nation, indivisible, with freedom and justice for all”?! That’s a wonderful ideal and we are still striving to maintain it.

    Blessings girl. You are special. :)

  2. benning says:

    This wasn’t justice – too fast dead! But it is a resolution at the least.

  3. Phil says:

    Gayle, that is why she is an Angel didn’t you know. She is very special to me and I think to many.

    But I still get so sad when I think of those men’s families how sad that they are about loosing them. I could just cry. :\’-(

  4. ABF says:

    Amen Angel … and God Bless these boys and all the people fighting to maintain our freedoms.

  5. Phil says:

    I just hope that in time these families will be able to look back and see that the sacrifice that they made was for the freedoms of us all. :’-(

  6. Tim says:

    People need to see these sacrifices for what they are: noble. God keep all of them.

  7. Angel says:

    Thank u all so much for the loving comments. :) God bless America.

  8. KKarL MMm says:

    JOIN ME IN A CELEBRATION BEER TO JUSTICE SERVED….(BETTER LATE THAN NEVER)
    AND THE OTHER ONE I HAVE READY FOR ISRAEL’S CLEANING UP OF LEBANON..

  9. hNAV - 'Brooklyn Boy' says:

    My heart goes out to these brave American Men’s Families…

    It is some comfort, knowing the radical monster will not be able to do this again.

    Thank you for the fine post…

  10. Brooke says:

    Thank God that this monster is off of Planet Earth!

    God bless and keep these soldier’s families.