January 31, 2010
On November 1, 2004 Roy Hallums ducked out of a dinner party hosted by his employer in the upscale Mansour district of Baghdad to finish some work in an adjacent office building of the Saudi Arabian Trading and Construction Company. At the same time a gang of ruthless thugs, later identified as members of the Jaish al-Mujahideen or Mujahideen Army, were finalizing their plans to storm the company’s compound. Little did Roy Hallums realize, as he crossed the secured and protected distance from the dinner party to his office, that he was also crossing over into a brutal 311 day nightmare during which time he would be virtually Buried Alive.
Warning: Buried Alive is a white-knuckle firsthand tale of terror, torture, and triumph that will leave the reader’s fingernails permanently imprinted on the book’s front and back covers. On the 241 pages between those two covers readers will glimpse, if only as from beneath a blindfold, a surreal world in which kidnapping and human traffic is considered a legitimate form of business and where the adhan, or Islamic call to prayer, is accompanied by the sound of torture induced cries and screams. The book however is not without its lighter (if that is a word that can be used in such circumstances) moments. Case in point: upon being pistol whipped by a guard because President Bush had won reelection in the U.S. Roy Hallums quipped “I guess he was a Kerry supporter”.
This is a book that should be read by everyone who wishes to have greater insight into events in the Middle East. Be warned though, although it is not overly graphic and never sensational, the facts portrayed within leaves of this book are indelible.
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September 27, 2009
I don’t know if this is flying or just falling with style…but it looks totally awesome!
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January 3, 2009
Saturday evening (Jan.3), IDF forces began to implement the second stage of Operation Cast Lead. Ground forces have begun to maneuver within the Gaza Strip.
The IDF Spokesperson wishes to reiterate that the residents of Gaza are not the target of the operation. Those who use civilians, the elderly, women and children as human shields are responsible for any and all injuries to the civilian population. Anyone who hides a terrorist or weapons in his house is considered a terrorist.
September 1, 2008
Gustav may have slammed onto the shores of the U.S. as a Category 3 hurricane but it was nothing compared to the tsunami that accompanied the news of the pregnancy of Sarah Palin’s oldest daughter on the American political landscape.
Unfortunately for the new child, mother, and father the request of the Palin family to “respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy” and Obama’s statement that “people’s families are off limits” have fallen on deaf ears. The wolves on both the right and the left have smelled red meat and, even now, are fighting among themselves for political advantage. All of them, apparently, oblivious to the fact that this is not a story about John McCain, Barack Obama, or the Presidency but rather about the life of Bristol Palin, her child, and her soon-to-be husband.
Bristol and Levi, like Elizabeth Cameron, choose to walk the better path instead of the easy one. We can but hope that the political pundits this election season will begin to follow their (much more mature) lead and do likewise.
September 1, 2008
After a prolonged absence from blogging, I’m back. While I was away…
My first grandchild, Caleb, made his world debut on July 5 bringing with him an opportunity for me to read the Scriptures with a new set of eyes:
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.—Proverbs 17:6
…I confess that I’m struggling with the word “aged” a little bit, but that crown part is absolutely right on the mark!
A short while later my car broke down, thank God!
And then my desktop computer monitor decided to fizzle and die. Even though I have a laptop computer that I could have used, I keep it reserved for work rather than personal use– a policy that even astronauts aught to follow. I am a little bit bummed that I missed hearing about this until it was too late though.
And now you know the rest of the story…
May 26, 2008
In remembrance of all those through whom freedom was gained and through whom freedom continues to be held.
Thank you father and mother, thank you son and daughter, thank you brother and sister; thank you for standing your post.
Day is done, gone the sun, from the hills, from the lake, from the skies.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Go to sleep, peaceful sleep. May the soldier or sailor God keep on the land or the deep, Safe in sleep.
Love, good night, must thou go, when the day and the night need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all to their rest.
Fades the light; and afar goeth day, and the stars shineth bright, fare thee well; Day has gone, Night is on.
Thanks and praise for our days, ‘neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, ‘neath the sky. As we go, this we know…
God is nigh.