Father of POW Addresses Pakistani Military Via YouTube
One father is desperate to get his son home safe. How desperate? He posted a video on YouTube, directly addressing Pakistan Army Chief of Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and the head of the country’s intelligence service Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, asking them to “secure the safe return of our son,” Spc. Bowe Bergdahl. The YouTube video can be seen on the CBS News link after the jump.
Bowe Bergdahl is the only known POW in Afghanistan right now.
The father, Robert Bergdahl, from Idaho, speaks in English, Pashto and Arabic in the video, and talks to the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani group. According to the CBS article sauced below, “U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, complained last month that Pakistan’s military-run intelligence service maintains links to the Haqqani network. The Haqqanis are Afghan Taliban who control parts of eastern Afghanistan and have bases in Pakistan’s North Waziristan frontier tribal region.”
Robert also thanks Bowe’s captors in the video. “We know our son is a prisoner,” Bob says, “and at the same time a guest in your home.”
To his son, Robert says: “Continue to be patient and kind to those around you. You are not forgotten.”
If we can take a step back for a moment and strip this story of its specific and emotional subject, it’s remarkable that in this day and age, someone can appeal to a whole nation or group of people over a medium such as YouTube. In the past, there was no way for a family to get a message across to a POW. Now, anyone can post a video on YouTube, and it can potentially be seen worldwide. We’ve never been at a point in history where a father can appeal to a whole nation for his son’s return. And among all of the stupid throw-away videos posted daily on a site like YouTube, it’s good to see the power of fatherhood and family displayed like this. We’re witnessing some, for lack of better words, powerful stuff. And Robert’s got balls of steel making a video like this. What an incredible father.
Good luck to Robert, Bowe and the rest of their family, from 8BitDad.
Sauce: CBS News