Cross In The Sand: John McCain Caught Lying in Church?
It appears John McCain’s very touching story about one of his captors in Vietnam showing him kindness and drawing a cross in the sand might actually be borrowed.
It is very similar to this story about Alexander Solzhenitsyn from his times in the Soviet Gulags.
Along with other prisoners, he worked in the fields day after day, in rain and sun, during summer and winter. His life appeared to be nothing more than backbreaking labor and slow starvation. The intense suffering reduced him to a state of despair.
On one particular day, the hopelessness of his situation became too much for him. He saw no reason to continue his struggle, no reason to keep on living. His life made no difference in the world. So he gave up.
Leaving his shovel on the ground, he slowly walked to a crude bench and sat down. He knew that at any moment a guard would order him to stand up, and when he failed to respond, the guard would beat him to death, probably with his own shovel. He had seen it happen to other prisoners.
As he waited, head down, he felt a presence. Slowly he looked up and saw a skinny old prisoner squat down beside him. The man said nothing. Instead, he used a stick to trace in the dirt the sign of the Cross. The man then got back up and returned to his work.
As Solzhenitsyn stared at the Cross drawn in the dirt his entire perspective changed. He knew he was only one man against the all-powerful Soviet empire. Yet he knew there was something greater than the evil he saw in the prison camp, something greater than the Soviet Union. He knew that hope for all people was represented by that simple Cross. Through the power of the Cross, anything was possible.
Solzhenitsyn slowly rose to his feet, picked up his shovel, and went back to work. Outwardly, nothing had changed. Inside, he had received hope.
[From Luke Veronis, “The Sign of the Cross”; Communion, issue 8, Pascha 1997.]
Excerpted from “The Gulag Archipelago” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, which was released in the US in 1973.
It’s quite possible for them both to have had a similar experience while being held as prisoners, but the fact that John McCain seems to be bit of a Solzhenitsyn buff, recently writing this piece on him for the New York Sun, makes it very suspicious. After all this would not be his first time getting caught lying about his POW experience.
The Jed Report just put out this video pointing to some of John Mccain’s other lies:
Watch The Young Turks dig a little bit deeper into this story: