College campuses have turned into a war zone as of late, with all anger and violence aimed at Donald Trump. The latest rant happened against conservative Ben Shapiro, as he was scheduled to make a speech at the University of California, Berkeley.
The protests are far from finished, as students at the Texas college announced another wave of happenings. This time around, the protests were announced as the school has scheduled a visit from a Benghazi survivor and former Army Ranger Kris Paronto, who will attend the event on Oct 2 and hold a speech at the venue.
The question of why Paronto decided to engage in this speech was immediately put up for discussion. Luckily, Paronto was willing enough to elaborate:
“They don’t know who I am. They don’t know what my background is. Anyone that wants to protest me based on the fact that I am anti-Muslim or anti-Islam is completely ignorant.
I have worked beside Muslims to fight radical Islamists. I’ve protected them in the line of fire.
I did do an operation years ago where we flew into Iraq from another Middle Eastern country, and we rescued a little girl from the heart of terrorist territory, to help her get to a Western country for a vital organ transplant.
I held this little Muslim girl and tried to keep her safe, as her life slipped away from her,” he noted.
Paronto further pointed out:
“It’s ignorant and sad that people would attack me for being racist or anti-Islam. Not to mention, they are doing it for the sake of just being able to protest anything because it gives them a spotlight and media attention.
I have nothing but respect for Muslims and the Islamic community. It’s when you turn into a radical Islamist and sympathize with jihadists that I will come at you the other way. You are no longer a Muslim. You are a terrorist. Whoever is behind it, whether anything comes of it or not, it’s honestly just a show.
It has no basis but to just stir up trouble. There is no cause. You’re protesting someone that supports the Muslim community and wants to bring it together. I’ve empowered Muslims with my organization, Leading from the Front.
If anything knows how to vet out terrorists, it’s the Muslims that I’ve stood with on the battlefield. They’ve shown more patriotism than many people who live here in this country. People who hear me talk are well aware it’s not about being political.”
Paronto turned to the Benghazi happenings, as well as rumors that he was an anti-Muslim servant:
“That night in Benghazi I stood alongside Muslims who fought with me, and we didn’t kick Muslims out of our compound. We told them we would lay down our lives for them,” Paronto said.
“We had all kinds of people of different ethnicity and background on our team — Mexicans, African Americans, Arabs,” he remarked. “Our interpreter was a Muslim, and he was very brave. He was not a combat interpreter. But he still stood alongside us that night, as part of our team, and as our brother.”
Then, Paronto issued a reality check to anyone planning to protest his speech:
“I realize I’m not for everyone, either. At the same time, I know I’m standing for something right if they do come out. It means I touched a nerve. But what they are really protesting is the sacrifice in service to this great nation and the lives that were lost.
Overall, they are protesting patriotism, courage, and brotherhood — things that have made this country what it is today.”
“So I invite them to come hear me talk, come with an open mind — at the very least, then you can see what I am about and hear the full story from me instead of someone with an agenda to shove down your throat,” he finished.
We’ll just leave it at that.