We are surrounded – especially in Washington, DC – by so much cowardice that we don’t always recognize heroism because it is unfamiliar, doesn’t wear a cape, and is made of flesh and bone. But it is there, in first responders, medical professionals, civil rights leaders and journalists, amongst other. Those who put their comfort and safety on the line to protect and serve others. Enter Austin Tice, the son of Debra and Marc, who joined the Marines and served in Iraq and Afghanistan and then later left law school after two years in the summer of 2012 to cover the war in Syria as a freelance journalist, where he was abducted. It is now seven years, and while there has been proof of life, he remains a captive with little apparent movement for his release.
In an age when news is routinely called “fake,” it is well worth remembering what drives people to become journalists, to cover wars and to report the news. We may foolishly value journalists less these days, because we all have the power of the megaphone and a publishing empire in our phones, but few of us have the capacity to cover a story, get the truth and report it firsthand. In a war zone, this is heroism.
Please join us in trying to free Austin Tice.