Letters to the Editor

What senator can do to honor slain airman

What senator can doto honor slain airman

On Saturday afternoon, March 19, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham stood on the steps of Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson, shaking hands with mourners entering to attend the funeral of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25. On March 2, Nick had been murdered by a crazed Muslim terrorist from Kosovo at the Frankfort Airport in Germany en route to Afghanistan from RAF Lakenheath in England.

Our airmen, dressed in civilian clothing, were boarding the transport bus to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, when the terrorist burst onto the bus, asked for a cigarette (no one had one), and then asked if anyone was going to Afghanistan. Nick innocently said: "I am." He was shot twice in the back of the head and died instantly. The bus driver was then murdered, and two more airmen were wounded.

On March 19, Patriot Guard Riders were in Anderson 500 to 700 strong, and thousands lined the streets to honor Nick, including veterans of many wars, children waving flags, and hundreds holding hand-painted signs scrawled with "God Bless You" and "Thank You for Your Sacrifice."

Nick left a 23-year-old widow, my niece, and two precious little children who will never know their father.

Sen. Graham asked me on March 19 if there was anything he could do to help our family. There is: Abandon his insane position of supporting the publication of photos of the dead Osama bin Laden. It only takes one ticked-off terrorist to kill innocent Americans.

Sue Brooks

Hilton Head Island