The Hero Who Saved the Lone Survivor Deserves a Place in the United States

The Hero Who Saved the Lone Survivor Deserves a Place in the United States

The Hero Who Saved the Lone Survivor Deserves a Place in the United States

You probably know the story about the simple villager who became a hero by saving an American hero.

It’s the story told in the book Lone Survivor — and in the movie of the same name — of how the Afghan villager Mohammed Gulab saved the life of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell by binding his wounds, providing him nourishment, and protecting him from the Taliban.

To recap:  Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor of a failed 2005 mission, named “Operation Red Wings,” when he was found with gunshots, shrapnel wounds, and cracked vertebrae by Gulab. Gulab sheltered him from the Taliban, despite their demands to turn the SEAL over to them, until Luttrell was rescued by US military.

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Two heroes: Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and Mohammed Gulab, the man who saved his life.

While Marcus Luttrell’s story has become famous, Mohammed Gulab remained behind in Afghanistan, with his own life in constant peril. He and his family were forced to flee their village shortly after Luttrell’s rescue, their home was burned down, and his cousin was killed.

After the release of the movie “Lone Survivor,” the threats from the Taliban became worse. One public threat reads:

“You are informed that your Jewish colleagues and Americans friends are gone now, so who will save you and what will you do? I ordered my commanders and the Taliban Mujahedeens to kill or arrest you alive and bring you to me. Then I will know how your Jewish friends cannot save or protect you.”

Enter US immigration attorney Michael Wildes. Last week he was able to spirit Mohammed Gulab and his family to an undisclosed country, and now he is working pro bono to bring Gulab and his family to the United States.

As Michael Wildes said:

“It’s my way paying this forward, truthfully. The only way to take on Islamist extremists is to take on the cause of the good guys and make sure they rule the day. And he’s the best.”

“He stepped up to preserve life.”

Mohammed Gulab certainly deserves to be given asylum in the United States. If the government of France can offer citizenship to the man from Mali who hid six shoppers in the Jewish grocery store attacked by a terrorist last week, the government of the US should provide refuge to a hero who saved the life of another hero.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

5 Comments
  • Appalled By The World says:

    Why should he get in when there are plenty of jihadists needing to get in ahead of him? He’s the wrong kind of guy the US wants these days, courtesy of the most dysfunctional government it’s ever had.

  • Dave says:

    Damn right he does.

  • Claire Stevens says:

    It’s always tempting to try to save good people who live in failed societies by bringing them to live with us but the more we try to save other countries’ citizens from their own country’s corruption, they more we enable those countries to remain corrupt. We also destroy our own nation in the process. Diversity does not work. Good intentions don’t change that fact.

    • dave blackledge says:

      I am for limiting immigration of persons with political/religious persecution claims. But, this is the wrong case. He, and his immediate family are the reason to allow it. Period.

  • kalitia says:

    “Diversity does not work. Good intentions don’t change that fact.”

    And it’s a hard hard fact to learn and truly understand.

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