Remember today is POW-MIA Day: Via BlackFive, my comments below.
It may be news to many Americans that today is POW/MIA Day ,but that doesn't mean its importance is less. To our knowledge we have only one POW and that is Bowe Bergdahl who has been held for more than two years now. I will quote from Chuck Z as to what you can do to help him.
The best way to do anything to help him is to increase awareness of his absence. Put pressure on politicians to tell the Pentagon to pull out all the stops and use any means to recover him, and also to tell the public that we will bear any burden, suffer any sacrifice, and kill as many Taliban and their families, friends, and neighbors as we have to in order to bring this Soldier home. If it isn't worth it, politically, to do that for one soldier, then how many do we have to have as POWs until it is?To get more info, I'd ask that you contact the following POC's:Bergdahl family contact: Idaho Nat'l Guard, COL Timothy Marsano. firstname.lastname@example.org 208-422-5268Bowe needs to come home, and the family would love as much assistance in getting the info out there as possible. These two POC's are the ones that have all the latest info, and are at liberty to speak on behalf of the family and the situation.
This issue should not be dependent on whether we have a bunch of POWs, it is a matter of keeping faith with those who put themselves in harm's way and their families at home.
During the peace talks with Taliban leaders, the subject Bowe Bergdahl's possible release was discussed. U.S. negotiators asked Tayyab Aga, taliban negotiator, what could be done to gain Bergdahl's release. According to reports, discussions did not get into specifics, but Aga discussed the possible release of Afghan prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Field. When the media reported on the negotiations with Aga, those particular negotiations were halted.
We have reported that there were negotiations prior to those with Aga and there have been negotiations with other Taliban leaders since Aga. We can only pray that Bergdahl will be at the top of any negotiations.
We also reported on an embassy for the Taliban that is set to open by the end of 2011 where future negotiations with the Taliban will be conducted, far away from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the embassy is in Doha Qatar.
POW-MIA Day: National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.