Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, April 10, 2003

I like this idea.

A former Marine has started an online petition to offer American citizenship to the Iraqi who helped rescue Pfc. Jessica Lynch by leading special forces to her bedside.

"I was struck by the humanity of this gentleman's effort," said Rick DeMarco, 57, of North Royalton, a Cleveland suburb.

DeMarco and the thousands who have signed his petition believe Mohammed and his family deserve more.

"This man went above and beyond," DeMarco said.

He said he will give his petition to Ohio Sens. Mike DeWine and George Voinovich to encourage Congress to introduce a private bill granting citizenship to Mohammed and his family.

In Lynch's hometown of Palestine, W.Va., a newly established organization called Friends of Mohammad wants to bring the helper to West Virginia.

That group's founder, James Thibeault, and about 10 others met Wednesday with Imam Jamal Dauodi, spiritual leader of the Islamic Association of West Virginia, to discuss raising money.

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