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The Hornet’s Nest Movie: Tribute Video

May 23, 2014

If you haven’t seen the movie, “The Hornet’s Nest,” you should as soon as it’s available in your area. It’s one of the most powerful movies I’ve ever seen. It’s the year long story of veteran war correspondent Mike Boettcher’s embedded adventures with the US military in Afghanistan. The sounds, the action, the scenes, the bullets, and the bombs are all real. The Hornet’s Nest is a slice of life from the war in Afghanistan.


During the course of the movie, Mike Boettcher captures some of the most compelling war footage ever seen. And he also captures moments with his son, Carlos. Early in the film, you’ll hear panic in Mike’s voice when Carlos is pinned down by enemy fire. Bullets buzz by like bees. Bullets hit the trees just in front of Carlos and his life is in real danger.

One mission takes Mike and a platoon into the hornet’s nest. A two-day mission that stretches into nine. Exhaustion, fear, and casualties take their toll on the group.

Perhaps the most emotional moments in the film, though, are near the end at the muster. As the Sergeant Major calls roll, you can see the pain of battle in young men’s and young women’s faces.

If you see this film, you’ll never forget it. And you’ll know why young men’s dreams are haunted by battle scenes. The range of emotion you’ll feel in this movie span everything from fear to sadness to relief to happiness. Watch all the way to the end for outtakes and tributes to the men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America.

Every parent who watches this movie will go home and hug his or her children or call the ones that aren’t close enough to touch. You’ll never be the same after watching it.

It’s rated R for language and violence.

I think everyone should see this movie.

My personal message to the people of Afghanistan:

I’m sorry for what’s been brought upon you and your families. I believe that you want the same things we want: to worship God, to enjoy your families, to work, and to live peacefully without any person imposing his will on you and your people. Please know that the American people mean you no harm nor wish you any ill will. We are not your enemy and we want you to be free from oppression. Our hearts go out to yours.

May Allah protect you and bless you all the days of your life.

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