Dr. Dilip Joseph Thanks a Hero

I have to admire Dr. Dilip Joseph. The way he thanks SO1 Nicolas D. Checque and his family is heartfelt and real. As you know, the doctor was rescued in Afghanistan:

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque
SO1 Nicolas Checque

Dr. Dilip Joseph and two other staff members for the international aid group Morning Star Development were kidnapped by armed men on December 5 as they returned from a rural medical clinic in eastern Kabul province.

The raid to free Joseph came several hours after the other two were released. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, was killed during the operation.

“I would like to take this moment to thank the U.S. and Afghan forces for putting their lives on the line to rescue me. I can appreciate the difficulty of this particular operation and deeply value the sacrifice of one of their own servicemen for the success of this mission,” Joseph said in a statement posted Friday on the Morning Star website.

“My heart goes out to the family of the fallen hero for his service, commitment and courage. He will remain a legacy for me and my family for generations to come,” Joseph said.

I would have liked to hear the Doctor refer to SO1 by name, but I won’t be picky.

What Is Morning Star Doing in Afghanistan?

Dr. Dilip Joseph works for the Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development as a volunteer doctor in Afghanistan. His organization has an interesting mission statement:

Morning Star Development brings hope and opportunity to people in need in the developing world using sustainable economic and community development initiatives designed to empower individuals and transform communities.

Morning Star Development is a non-profit community and economic development organization committed to helping the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country and their lives by offering practical hope and resources. We focus on bringing transformational change to the people of Afghanistan through sustainable economic and community development initiatives.

Unfortunately, Dr. Joseph was kidnapped by the Taliban. And in the rescue, a SEAL Team 6 member, SO1 Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., was killed. My question, who okay’ed Morning Star Development working in Afghanistan? Are they accompanied by Soldiers or Marines (or the marginally useful/useless Afghani Police) for protection? Are they operating in areas rich with Taliban? I am all for helping Afghanis, just not at the expense of our Sailors. . .