Sgt. Rafael Peralta, Marine, died in combat in Iraq in 2004
A patriot is dead, but there is major disagreement about how he died. And therein lies a political firestorm.
Did Sgt. Rafael Peralta deliberately and heroically sacrifice his life for his comrades by jumping on a grenade? Or was he already dead when the grenade exploded? He’s been awarded the Navy Cross and will have a destroyer named after him. But three Secretaries of Defense have rejected requests that he be awarded the Medal of Honor. Did the Sgt.’s race motivate that rejection?
As the military becomes ever more an institution infected by the virus of Cultural Marxism and political correctness, women, gays, lesbians, and minorities are treated as if they deserve special treatment. Women in combat units no longer have to meet the same standards as men, for example.
In the case of the Muslim Fort Hood shooter, the military ignored the signs that he was ready to explode, preferring diversity over safety. Thirty-seven soldiers died unnecessarily in the name of diversity. Screw diversity. What’s wrong with a military based on merit?
Make no mistake, the military is looking for heroes who are black, brown, Muslim, women, gay, lesbian, and probably transsexual. That political agenda, of course, weakens combat readiness and reduces morale. Old timers in the services are reportedly fed up, but are sticking around until they can collect their pensions.
Truthseekers are unlikely to find the real story on mainstream websites, the network news, or published in most newspapers. Reporters tend to be liberals with an agenda to color what should be objective reporting. Rarely does a reporter get called on his deceitful actions. But in the case of Sgt. Peralta, the reporter’s bullying of the Sgt.’s mother backfired on him:
“During the phone interview, this reporter had begun asking questions about her son Rafael Peralta, my mom answered his questions but this reporter began harassing my mother and changing her words as to making him come off as some sort of punk,” the two said in their letter.
“She felt that by his words that he was trying to force her into making statements that he wanted to hear. He tried to get me to pull the ‘race card’ as to being the reason for the denial of the Medal of Honor on three separate occasions of the interview,” the two Peraltas wrote.
In a separate letter, George Sabga, a spokesman for the family, wrote The Post reporter laying out several objections to the report including the claim that Peralta was an illegal immigrant.
He reiterated the charge that the reporter repeatedly asked about race, even after Mrs. Peralta’s initial rejection that her son’s Mexican ancestry was involved in the decision-making.
“Instead of accepting these responses, you continued along this line of questioning by changing the wording of your questions. I find it ironic that the mother of a fallen Marine has more honor and integrity than a reporter for the Washington Post,” Mr. Sabga wrote. He demanded a public apology.
In a multicultural society, suspicions, lies, and power struggles are the norm. Diversity breeds hate and conflict. That’s part of why I reject diversity and multiculturalism.
It’s a good day for truthseekers when a mother sabotages a reporter’s bullying and goes public with it. Anyone who rejects political correctness and the mainstream media’s lies has my respect. I salute Sgt. Peralta’s mother.
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