Afghan saved a GI, now pays the price

War is that contortion of life in which we make any act of kindness a risk.  In 2007, I met Muhammad Gulab, an Afghan who made a merciful choice to save a wounded soldier, and who lived in daily fear of being killed for it.  . . .

Afghan shepherd Muhammad Gulab

Muhammad Gulab stands before an 8,000-foot mountain ridge he dares not cross. Gulab’s home lies over the ridge in Afghanistan’s Shuraik Valley. There, he earned the enmity of pro-Taliban guerrillas for saving the life of a U.S. soldier. He has fled to the provincial capital, where he says he still is threatened by the Taliban and gets no help from the U.S. military. (By James Rupert)

 

Newsday, 6 May 2007

BY JAMES RUPERT — Staff Correspondent

     ASADABAD, Afghanistan – When Afghan shepherd Muhammad Gulab left his mountain home one morning in June 2005 to check on a strange noise his family had heard in the woods, he found a frightened, wounded American soldier pointing his rifle at him.

     “His pants were torn almost off,” his legs black with dirt, dried blood and bruises, Gulab recalled in an interview. “I saw from his eyes that he was almost collapsing.

     “I lifted my shirt to show him that I had no weapon,” Gulab said through an interpreter, “and I beckoned for him to come to me.” The American lowered his weapon and limped forward.

     Gulab knew that in rescuing the American, Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Luttrell, he was risking his own life. The day before, he had heard the gunfire and shouting of pro-Taliban guerrillas who had battled a team of U.S. Navy SEAL commandos.  Killed in that battle were three Navy SEALs – Matt Axelson, Danny Dietz and Michael Murphy.  Luttrell was the sole American survivor of the fight.

     On that day, Luttrell stepped forward to Gulab, put his arms around him and handed over his rifle, Gulab said. With that, Luttrell entrusted his life not only to the shepherd but also to the ancient and ironclad moral code of the Pashtun people. Their code of honor, called pashtunwali, is written in no constitution or legislation, but in the mountains and deserts of Pakistan and Afghanistan that are the Pashtuns’ homeland, it carries the force of law.

 

Unflinching honor

     Born out of centuries of Pashtun tribal wars and clan feuds, pashtunwali demands of a man both unflinching violence when his honor is thought to have been stained, and selfless humanitarianism when anyone – stranger or enemy – requests protection from a foe.

     “He came to me for help. If I did not help a guest, it would have been a great shame for me,” Gulab said – a shame that might have led to his expulsion from his community.

     As Gulab walked the wounded Luttrell to his home, he was spotted by the guerrillas who had fought the SEALs. “They called to me to give him to them,” Gulab said. “But they know that I belong to a powerful clan, and they didn’t dare to attack.”

     An attack on Gulab or the man he had taken under his care would have obligated Gulab’s extended family – a powerful clan called the Masaud – to fight the guerrillas.

     At his house, Gulab tried to make Luttrell comfortable. “I gave him some of my clothes, but he was too tall for them . . . We laid him in a bed and my brother cleaned his wounds. We cooked some goat for him, but at first he wouldn’t eat.”

     As word spread that Gulab’s family was now responsible for the safety of an American, “my brothers and nephews and cousins began arriving” with guns, Gulab said.

     Other armed men came, too – Shuraik valley residents with connections to the guerrillas, whose commander the SEALs had been tracking when they were ambushed. Over four days, the commander, Ahmed Shah, “sent a lot of intermediaries to tell me to hand over the soldier,” Gulab said. “They said, ‘We’ll give you 5 million [Pakistani] rupees [about $80,000] and any house you want in Peshawar,’ ” a city in neighboring Pakistan.

     The promise of a home in Pakistan would have been the best attempt the guerrillas could make at getting Gulab to break his obligation, but it didn’t work. Had he accepted the offer, Gulab might well have been expelled from the valley by the Masaud.

 

Protecting the SEAL

     

     When the intermediaries came to deliver the guerrillas’ demands, Gulab invited them into his house’s main room, but sat protectively between them and the bed where Luttrell lay. Seeing the armed men, the SEAL “asked me, ‘Taliban?’ ” Gulab recalled.

     “I couldn’t explain anything to him, so I just said, ‘Yes, Taliban.’ He was afraid.”

     The Masaud clan met to decide their response. “We told them we would not hand him over while even one of us remained alive,” Gulab said.

     The guerrillas’ tone hardened. “They sent us a message saying, ‘Prepare for war. We will attack your house tonight.’ “

     The family moved Gulab’s wife and children to his father-in-law’s home nearby. Then Gulab and some relatives walked Luttrell to a hiding place in the woods while others prepared to fight off an attack that never came.

     That night, the American “was very afraid,” Gulab said. “He thought maybe we were taking him up the mountain to kill him. I stayed with him that night, lying next to him. He patted my side.”

     Meanwhile, Gulab’s family sent word to U.S. forces based across an 8,500-foot mountain from the Shuraik Valley, at Asadabad. “We got some paper and I told the soldier to write a note,” Gulab said. “We sewed it inside the hem of my brother-in-law’s shirt. I sent him to the Americans to tell them that we had their soldier and the Taliban were going to attack us.”

     Four days after Gulab found the American, U.S. troops arrived to rescue him. They loaded Luttrell and Gulab into a helicopter for a flight to an American base at Jalalabad.

     Later, as the SEAL was being readied for medical evacuation to the United States, he summoned Gulab and a translator. “He said he knew the Taliban would kill me if I returned home,” Gulab said, and offered to pay him $200,000 to re-start his life.

     “I told him I didn’t expect any money,” Gulab said.

 

Little help for his trouble

     Nearly two years later, Gulab’s act of mercy has cost him the life he knew as a woodsman in his mountainside village of simple mud and timber homes. Gulab, 33, has fled his home in the village, Sabray, moving his wife and six children to the thin safety of the government-held town of Asadabad. Still, he says, the Islamic militant guerrillas pass on threats to kill him.

     Gulab and others in Afghanistan’s Kunar province say neither Luttrell nor the U.S. military has done much to help him. That, they say, may discourage other Afghans from following his example in defending U.S. soldiers.

     Soon after the rescue of the SEAL, the U.S. military gave Gulab a construction laborer’s job at its Asadabad base, paying him $280 a month. He moved his family to a rented house in the town.

     Then, last April, American soldiers at the base arrested him. “They put handcuffs on me and a sack and earmuffs on my head,” Gulab said. For five days, “they accused me of meeting Taliban and people from Pakistan. I felt ashamed. I couldn’t eat anything. I haven’t told any of my own people [family] about this; it is a great shame to me.”

     Gulab’s arrest followed a Newsweek story about his rescue of Luttrell and interrogators questioned him about his having met a Pakistan-based correspondent for the magazine, he said. U.S. forces released him without explanation, he said.

     The arrest was acknowledged by the top U.S. officer at Asadabad, Navy Cmdr. Ryan Scholl, in response to queries from Newsday. The U.S. Special Operations Command in the Middle East said it was checking on the incident but had no immediate comment.

     Far from supporting the Taliban, Gulab said, he is still threatened by them. “People come down [from the Shuraik Valley] and tell me that the Taliban have warned them that I will be killed whenever they get the chance,” he said.

     If he has kept his enemies, he feels he has lost his friends. “Before, I used to go to their [the Americans’] rooms freely and talk with them,” Gulab said. But since the arrest, “they don’t allow me on the base.”

     Every two weeks, Gulab is permitted to go to the base’s gate to collect his salary for a job from which he said he is now barred. “Nowadays, my situation is very fragile,” he said. “My security from the Taliban is not good . . . They can easily reach to Asadabad and find me.”

     If Gulab is mistrusted by the Americans, he is admired by many locals as a good Pashtun who did the right thing for his own honor, said Ruhollah Anwari, a prominent Afghan journalist in Asadabad.

     “I am not sorry that I helped him,” Gulab said of Luttrell. While he said he did not save the American with the expectation of a reward, he said he hopes the U.S. will help him out of his predicament. “If they help me, they will get the reputation that they help their friends,” he said. “In general, I am very sad,” adding that he has had no contact with the SEAL he saved. “I think he has forgotten me.”

© Newsday, 2007.

 

87 responses to “Afghan saved a GI, now pays the price

  1. Larry Dirk

    Gulab and family should ask for political asylum and come to the U.S.

    • Wayne C. Perelman

      YESSS! They DEFINITELY qualify for political asylum should they choose it! If they choose to stay in Afganistan then lets give them all the help they may need! If there is one Gulab there must be a thousand or maybe a million more! We should back them to the hilt and not bug out like we did in Vietnam!!!

      • catherine

        If we do not help him word might go out to the rest of the middle East that Perhaps they too should join the Taliban…..The white house has a petition but it has to be fully signed by July 27 I think…..They have to have 99,000 When I signed it two days ago which was July 3rd….It was at only 99!!!!

      • catherine

        You can sign the petition by the way and pass it on to other through Twitter and Facebook at the The White house website…. But you might have to look through the website to find the right petition….My suggestion type in Mohammed’s full name with last name and you might find something.

    • Elisabeth Cherney

      A few days ago a magazine in Switzerland published an article about the shabby treatment of Luttrell toward his savior Gulab. Gulab stated in an interview that Luttrell offered Gulab reluctantly hospitality in the U.S. A few weeks later Luttrell’s father dropped him off at the airport to take him back to Afghanistan. Luttrell who did not say good bye to Gulab also went back on his word to give him 10% of the proceeds of the movie and did not lift a finger to bring him and Gulab’s family to the U.S. Of course the U.S. government has not done anything to bring Gulab into safety either. Gulab knows that he and his family are even in graver danger than before his visit to the U.S.
      I loved reading the book and watching the movie and I’m hoping that this Swiss article about Luttrell is a lie but who knows….
      Elisabeth

    • pradeep

      I am not surprised of this. First hand I know what my Pakistani friend did to me when I was helpless in USA and asked for help. I am no Muslim or Pakistani but they help us with honor. I hope the world start looking at these real people with a different view point. I love my Pakistani friend Siddiqi

    • Mar-San

      Really ashamed and embarrassment a man from the Afghans mountains can teach us what is loyalty ,respect and humanity not matter the colour of your skin or religion .All these people are in deep debt with this “Great Soldier ” .The movie and the book are nothing without Gullab .I’ve cried at the end of the movie because Gullab’s values ,courage ,honour .But now seeing what is happening to him and to his family ,I won’t ever watch again .They should have think about before publishing his real name ,and the mess he is in now .What a hypocrite world we are living !

  2. Michael Akins

    Hey, this was a great article, I was wondering if there was ever a follow up story? Did Luttrell ever reach back out to him?

    Thanks

    • James Rupert

      In recent years I’ve had to shift my base from Pakistan to India and I haven’t been able from here to renew contact with Gulab to learn his current situation. I’ll try again this summer. In news reports on Marcus Luttrell, I’ve seen no indication that he’s been in touch with Gulab, but haven’t verified that.

      • Jay

        I believe LUTTRELL is /has started a fundraiser for Gulab. He also had him to his house.

    • MajorLeagueInfidel

      In Marcus’ new book “Service” he speaks of reuniting with Gulab in Houston and spending time with him at his ranch.

    • yes several years later Luttrell did reach back to him and there are several photos of them together on the internet

    • catherine

      As far as we know……Its pretty sketchy there is a petition you can sign at the white house website… You might want to type in his full name if you wish to find it to get Mohammed’s his citizenship….. But Markus L has been very busy promoting the film….Which dose as well serve a purpose when it comes to information and less ignorance….But meanwhile Mohammed is not in a good position right now…..And from CNN has spoken about has felt betrayed by Luttrell..

  3. Jesse Duvall

    Is that the end of the story?

  4. Matt Regan

    This doesn’t surprise me. We, (I say we, because in some small way we are all part of this problem) never seem to be able to do the right thing. Beauracrats, military and public, won’t listen to simple common sense, and realize the “right” thing to do is always in the end the best and easiest solution.

    • NU

      He was in DC with Luttrell in 2010.

    • catherine

      Well war is the best and easiest way to a solution but is it the right way……Besides what do you do when some groups do not want to lesion to your reason and just shoot you?

  5. Joe Ladowski

    I will pay all expenses for him & his family to come to the USA to live,&
    Ultimately become citizens if they choose. We need these kind of people .im serious. Just contact me

    • Jim

      Joe, God how I wish I had the Financial means to help Gulab as you do. I don’t easily trust people, especially Muslims, but this man has both the same measure of courage and honor and humanity that Luttrel’s Team was highly decorated for! You are right, he and his family are exactly the sort of people we want in this Country! If they don’t take you up on your offer, may God remember your own Good Will for another! :-). You are a dying breed of Person that once made our Land so great! Kudos to you Sir!

    • teresa

      you are so good joe- you are an angel – i feel the same way- I’m a canadian and i have no idea how i could get in touch with gulab or help him, but i would like to sponsor him if he and his family wanted- it’s good people like him who should never be forgotten- btw, just came from the hollywood movie, the lone survivor….unbelievable- still shaking from watching it….

    • Wade

      As an Afghan American who’s been living in United States for 35 years I want to thank you, we also need more people like you saying what you just said there’s lots of good afghans out there believe it or not the majority
      of Afghanistan are like Gulab.

    • Richard

      I too will contribute what I can.

    • Kristi Wilson Marks

      Joe,I will match what you put in. How would one go about petitioning this or starting the process?

      • dapsdapsdaps@ymail.com

        How are they now?
        Any follow up on this story?
        Just watch Lone Survivor..
        This is the first time im hearing of the Story..

        I hope all is well,
        Luttrell should be eternaly grateful..

        Just imagine if Gulab wasnt there that day..

        Today would have been different..

    • Omar

      Sure, What can you do for them?

    • Sharon Rhoades

      I started a petition for him please sign it is on Change.org.

    • catherine

      Why don’t you get his contact then…. Or Markus the guy whom he saved??? Do you think they read this….. Your the one whom is going to have to get up off your but and find the information if you really do care so much.

  6. Sean

    Whether or not any more has been done by the U.S. to help out Gulab since then is unknown to me, but Marcus was able to reunite with him in D.C. in 2010. September I believe it was.

  7. Cody

    In the book “Service” writen my Marcus luttrell They have been in contact so much as to bring Gulab to the US for a visit if I recall correctly.

  8. Brent

    That is not the end of the story, Gulab has since flown to the US, and he Stayed with Marcus and his falimy for two weeks in Texas and in DC…He knows first hand now how trully appreciated and loved he is…Not only by the Lutrell’s, but by America as a whole. God Bless Muhammad Gulab for what he risked, so that others may live.

  9. nick gordon

    Yeah markus luttrell met up with gulab heres a link

    http://fb.me/Hm1W76Gu

  10. Gunnyjeep

    I am currently in Afghanistan, if anyone knows that Gulap is still here let me know, I will do all I can to meet with him and Thank Him for his unselfish act of bravery, I pray that God and Allah Protects him

  11. John Doe

    Marcoo was still in the teams when this was posted. He’s been to the states 4 times now with his family. We invited him to Elpaso. Everybody praised him and still does. They love Texas BBQ

  12. C. Ochoa

    Gulab is a true hero as I just watched this story on 60 Minutes about our Seal Team. We should do everything we can to ensure Gulab and his family are taken care of. He is a man of great character. I salute him.
    Sincerely,
    Vietnam vet ( H Company Rangers, 75th Inf. Airborne )

  13. How can I contact Muhammad Gulab?

  14. Shawn

    Gulab has visited Marcus Luttrell at this Texas ranch several times. It took lots of strings being pulled, but they made it happen. Google “60 minutes overtime marcus gulab”. Marcus calls Gulab his blood brother. It’s a very touching story. You can see how these two men from totally different worlds are bonded by a human connection.

  15. Herman Hermit

    Marcus and Gulab must have become great friends — people from diverse cultures — both have proven that love of fellowman is God’s message and commandment to humankind.

  16. Channing

    After watching the 60 minutes piece and the hollywood movie about this I’d imagine Gulab can just about write his own ticket. The movie has him going Rambo on the Taliban stabbing and shooting and even taking bullet as Taliban fighters surround his house.

    So get your visa stamped Gulab so we can finally have a celebrety worthy of all the praise.

  17. Ashley

    Is there a way we can petition the US to get them political asylum?

  18. Gulab’s little son who was depicted in the movie. How old is he now and did he assist in luttrell’s safety

  19. denfen

    I was told that Marcus brought him and his family to the states….they are now living in San Marcus, Texas….not true , huh????

  20. denfen

    I would love to know the answer to this….

  21. SDM

    It’s disgusting that our government hasn’t done everything in their power to help this man with anything that he could possibly need after risking his life so selflessly to save this man’s life. I am ashamed of my country actions in this respect. We can spend 50,000 on a single Computerized RPG round but we can’t spend that amount on a hero who saved a soldier’s life?

    I wonder how many future dead soldier’s this carelessness will result in if this man ends up dead and other’s see the example set by our government, that saving U.S. soldiers lives just isn’t worth the trouble.

    Instead of paying him $240 a month to be a laborer, how about pretend he’s one of those raytheon or halliburton’s private employee’s and give him a few hundred grand a yr and free pass to the states for him and his family that may still be in danger if he so wishes. I don’t see how anyone in their right mind could possibly see anything wrong with doing that for this heroic man.

  22. If the US does nothing for Mr. Gulab, it will be proof to the rest of the world that we are nothing more than bullies exerting our power and plotting only for our selfish gains. If we are truly fighting for freedom and independence from tyranny, we should start by freeing Mr. Gulab and his entire family (brothers, sisters, cousins, parents, children, nieces, nephews, grandparents) from tyranny and fear. There is no more important battle to win the war on terror than freeing Mr. Gulab and his entire family, and making sure that they have a way to make a good living in the US. And, if the government is worried about setting a precedent, well, good! If it helps to save even one more American soldier in distress, it will all be well worth it!

  23. sharo

    It is unbelievable that us Americans wont helpa man that helped one of our own. It just shows that we are just like them, we go around each others backs and Is more of a “one for all” kind of thing. If it waswasn’t for this man we would’ve never known this amazing story of our courageous soldiers that died in the field for us americans. The u.s should be greatful that there’s still some generous people out there enough to risk there own life for someone they would never do for.

    • Piroga

      Every bit of respect to both gulab and lutrell. They are both heroes in my mind. Americans should not forget this. Something like this actually happend in Serbia also during WW2. Serbian Chetniks save 250 downed American Pilots, gave them food, shelter and everything they needed. The story never came out until years later. Search the youtube and you will find out. Years later American bombed us. So please remember your true allies!!!

  24. Nige uk.

    Gulabs conduct and courage moved me considerably, just watched the movie, felt drawn into it, god bless the brave men on the mission and the courage of Gulab and the village members who aided him,
    Gulabs situation now must be hellish, he didn’t just save a life he made a statement, stood up for what he believed in and will be vilified in his homeland until his final breath for his efforts, he would have know this when he first saw the stricken Marcus
    Respect and admiration to them all, now the goverment should act with the same integrity.

  25. Stephanie

    Wonderful and yet sad article. I hope you can do a follow up at some point. My heart goes out to Mohammad and his family, as well as his tribe. I found some great links regarding Muhammad Gulab and Marcus:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-an-afghan-and-a-navy-seal-became-brothers/ (60 min interview w/ both 5 minutes long)
    http://www.contactmusic.com/photo/mohammad-gulab-premiere-of-lone-survivor-arrivals_3980794 (Gulab at the Premiere of Lone Survivor 12/03/13)
    http://navyseals.com/3678/navy-seal-afghan-blood-brothers/ (Navy Seals site w/ pics of both of them together and article)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashtunwali (fascinating wiki article detailing the 10 ethical codes which the true Pashtun people live and die by. All of them relevant to understanding Gulab’s uncompromising beliefs and actions)
    I believe Pashtuns are the most beautiful and admirable people on this earth. In the film I was initially upset w/ Marcus letting the goat herders go free. However, I have now come to understand that had he killed them, he would then be breaking his own personal as well as the Navy Seals code of conduct in which they also live and die by. In letting them go, he demonstrated similiar Pashtunwali traditions that I am sure have made Mohammad Gulab proud of his friend.

  26. Antony White

    If he cant get to America I know many of us here in the UK will support him, my father was kidnapped by hamas militants here in the uk for producing caricatures of saddam hussein in 1991 which were presented to john major and many others raising funds for thd gulf relief and a group of muslim guys tried to pull my wife girlfriend at the time intl a van, for 18 years I have been dedicated in fighting Islam, this is just one of the reasons I opened my eyes.This man is a hero and I for one would fight for him to stay in the U.K.

    • jason

      The very reason he helped is his faith and the morals it teaches. Pretty sure if you are an enemy of Islam, you are this mans enemy, and I’m quite sure he would see you as such. The man he saved was an enemy of the Taliban, who, like you, have been fighting against Islam for about 18 years. Perhaps, since it is groups like these, and their Takfiri brethren, that pose the greatest threat to Islam and Muslims, you should join them?

    • jason

      And btw, get ur facts straight . . . . Hamas is a palestinian group with no connection to Sadaam, and has not ever engaged in operations outside occupied Palestine/Israel. Furthermore, there is no record of ANY person being abducted by ANY type of Islamic radicals in the UK in the time frame you sited. I wonder if you are one of those people who invent misjustices done to you to justify your bigotry? . . . Maybe you will have the courage to respond, but i doubt it.

    • jason

      And how did she know they were Muslim? The alleged van of people that tried to kidnap your wife? I’ll leave you be now that everyone has seen through the lies you are trying to make them believe. Many people have really lost loved ones to the specter of Religious extremism calling itself Islam, so shame on you sir for pretending to be among them when you aren’t. You are no better than those con men who pretend at being war heros. You owe the real victims of terrorism a big apology. Enough said.

  27. Iliyasu

    I just watched the movie and I had to research Gulab. I am a Nigerian Muslim. Gulab bravery should teach everyone some lessons not to hate anyone based on his/her religious beliefs. No religion teaches somebody to be cruel. Being bad to your fellow humanbeings is personal. its just that some disgruntled cleric only nurture that wicked attitude inherent in some ignorant fellows. Having said that, I believe there is no way Markus could abandon Gulab because Markus too is a good man, based on his portrayal in the movie. I felt so emotional watching the movie. In my opinion, the navy seal somehow fucked up. Those 3 people that sabotaged their mission, even though the decided against killing them, why didn’t they tied them to the trees? especially that young man among them, looking at his countenance, he didn’t hide his hatred for the seals? Anyway I trust American, they hardly abandoned their friends.

    • Lorena

      I watched the movie last week and I just finished reading the book which is the true version of the story. The SEALs didn’t have any rope with them or anything of that matter to tie those men. I highly recommend the book, it has a lot more detail to it.

  28. Am a filipino, and just like you guys, after watching the movie, i got curious of Mohamman Gulab and his bravery. I truly praised him for such an overwhelming deed to a soldier in need. I hope the government of u.s. help him, his family, and the ENTIRE VILLAGE for the start and continuing life they have.

  29. chris robbie

    I watched ‘Lone Survivor’ last night and i just knew that Lutrell was helped by an Afghan man named, Muhammad Ghulab.
    One thing we learned, not all afghan or muslim are terrorist
    some of them are exactly ‘the good samaritan’ we read in Bible.

    US Govt should act to help Ghulab and his family

  30. Sonnyboy Pacursa

    I just watched the movie last night. One thing I learned. In every person, may he be good or bad, there is always a kindness in his heart. There will always be that humane instinct.

    I appeal to the US military to help Gulab and his family for his protection.

  31. i have so much respect for this man, he showed the world who we really .
    all pashtuns are not terrorist nor are every terrorist pushtun.

  32. Shantavia

    If the American people/military turned their backs on Gulab after what he’d done I’m very disheartened.. although not asked he should be compensated and protected.

    • buny

      Why cant the military protect.this man and his family? Am an erican black woman and im mad as hell about this? Who was responsible for creating a diversion so the military.would not want to.help.him? Whos investigating this? In the meantime this man and his family continues to suffer??

  33. I am very confused by all the back and forth concerning Mohammad Gulab. I cannot imagine Marcus Luttrell allowing the Gulab family struggle. I feel he will do everything in his power to help Gulab and his family. These are two men of great honor, but government red tape is usually a nightmare. Add in difficult communications in a war zone & you have trouble.

  34. Alex Lopez

    How can I help?? I help by any means necessary. I don’t care what it costs. I was taught to help others when others are in need of help. I need to help please!!

  35. jim

    I sincerely hope and realistically believe that this village that assisted a person in need, without ever thinking of the danger and repercussions that they faced, because of the the honor they have amongst themselves, that America needs to help this village in whatever assistance they may need. Not for America sake, not for any recognition, not for any repayment of there great deed, But only because these people are instilled on what true humanity should not only be, but also strive for AROUND the world. No color, race, creed or different religion stopped this True man or village to help another human in need. We all need to preserve and make aware that all villages, towns cities or areas around the world that show this type of humanity should all be protected and assisted and kept thriving to continue. Please all countries not only America, find these places and protect and assist them. Let this village be the starting stone of the new culture of goodness and Honor and Respect that all cultures strive for. let this generation be the first generation to start to preserve what everyone always speaks of and wishes for, for future generations to also indulge in. I myself am a wounded warrior just retired in dec 2012. I have bean there for years, and if people like this with there honor exist, please don’t forget them, lets help some how some way to protect there existence. I would be proud to return and stand front line for there protection. They stood for one of ours, but they would have done so no matter who is was that was in need.

  36. nocturtle

    so this is how american treat the one that save their life?

  37. buny

    It is an honor to read this and to know that the movie i just watched was a reality. To know that theses event actually happened. The question is if the tables were turned, do you think that the american soilder would have done the same? I think he probably would have did something but not to.the extreme that you helped him. Maybe the military has advised him.not to associate with you for political reasons. I think you should re arrange your priorities and focus solely on your family! The decision you made in 2005 to help the american soilder was morrally the right decision. Dont regret that decision. However you must let go of that incident that took place and move forward on change. Yes! The world is changing everywhere… you still have alot to be thankful for! May god continue to bless you and your family.

  38. The US should provide protection for Gulab and the village for as long as is needed! Its a blood covenant!

  39. God Bless Muhammad Gulaib…& Marcus Lutrell………… I am somewhat saddened but the predicament that Gulaib has been put in…for his courageous act of kindness.. Gulaib truly is a dying breed of people & his kindness should be rewarded..not dissed…I wish that I had the financial means with which to help Gulaib & his family……because if I did.. I definitely would have.

  40. Roo

    If our government had any sense at all they would realize there are more people like Gulab in the Middle East And they would also realize that this is our way of not only resolving the conflict there but also doing it peacefully & making friends/allies that would be loyal, genuine & overall insightful. This is a man who is native to this country & he sacrificed everything by putting his life, his family & his whole village in jeopardy. And he did it without expecting anything in return. And even though he did this without expecting anything, we should show compassion, understanding & sincere gratitude by finding someway to repay or compensate him in some way so his actions are not in vein between us. I have nothing but love for that man & I am sincerely disappointed if no one from our country does anything to at least offer help him sort of assistance whether it be finances or relocation. The only message this sends now is, if you do the right thing don’t expect anything in return. God Bless him & his family. @ the very least, the man at least deserves a green card/visa. Start a petition & i’ll be the first to sign.

  41. Devgil

    I am serious in saying that there are few very few Americans who will do the right thing. When they do it is all over the news as it is rare.

    Luttrell the soldier who was saved by this Pasteur does not give a [expletive deleted] what happened to the person who gave him a second life probably thinking Jesus did it.

    A scoundrel the US soldier should have been given to THE taliban to be exchange and not be a risk to this hero.

  42. Deborah Carter

    For God’s sake, help Gulab and his family. Who are you people? He saved Marcus so do your duty and help him as he lost everything to SAVE Marcus. What the hell is wrong with you people?

  43. sachin yadav

    this show how much selfish the americans are …
    US must protect the gulab.

  44. I’ve just seen the movie and it was really moving. Honor is not something you see upheld everyday in our generation, meanwhile Gulab has set the very example of putting honor above all else. I researched the said “Unwritten Code” of the Pashtuns and it is in fact the law they live by. Simple as it may be, it has proven to be much effective than our volumes of constitutions put together. The rational decision that Gulab would have taken would be to either leave the American to the Talibans or take the offer given to him. But true honor cannot be bought, something that our corrupt system will never have again. For all it’s worth, my respect goes to Gulab and his family, even up to now he still upholds that honor even though it means putting himself, his family, and relatives in constant threat with the Talibans. No better example of humanity can ever be done than what Gulab has shown. I hope the US government gives this man and his family the same protection, hospitality and courtesy as what he did with that American soldier, we need more of Gulab around to remind us that honor is above any ideals.

  45. Hollys

    The U.S. takes in foreign refugees all the time. It seems to me that this man and his family, who risked all for one of our seals, should be given first priority for safety and citizenship. This man showed up for us. Now we need to show up for him. Bring him and his family to the U.S. And give them a home! I’ll give every tax dollar required to do so.

  46. shaz

    In technical terms it is a betrayal, but an injured person is not to be shot, I am impressed that Taliban kept their distance to warn before attacking, unlike a surprise attack like any other army would do. And another thing to notice and appreciate is the tribal honor that actually saved seals life more than anything. Pashtuns are very honor struck people, they will not giveup their honor very easily.
    Or the other side of the story could be that he just wanted to goto US

  47. Parker Spoo

    I would do anything to save Gulab, if you can find any way to contact him, please do. If his coming to America is a money issue, I am sure I can find a way to raise the funds. At all costs, we must get this man and his family to America. If anyone knows any means of contacting him or Marcus Luttrell, please reply.

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