Wednesday, December 22, 2004

A Real War

It is hard for us to understand what's really going on in Iraq. We sometimes imagine we can, but it is more than the images we have seen or can conjure up.

It's 24/7, it's real, and it's deadly. It is often life or death, for the soldiers and the Iraqis. And there are no guarantees. This is going to take commitment, perserverance, and faith.

It's not summer camp.

If you're not convinced, spend a few weeks reading posts from the military and the locals. Try to keep it simple and ordinary in your mind. You can't.

There is an undeniable need for freedom which is under attack from a half dozen different directions at all times. Fortunately there is a nation with a generation prepared and willing to go.

Is it worth it? Is life worth it?

These soldiers/marines/sailors/airmen have surprised me. They are a new breed. Or maybe they are more like the "greatest generation," the one that won WWII. They expect to fight, to pay the price, and to win but have counted the cost.

They do not back away. They do not take it for granted. They put others' freedom and safety ahead of their own.

And they will win. But they won't get to quit fighting.

This is the generation that is going to take us through to the end.

Support your soldiers. They are in it for the long haul.


Check out AnySoldier.com for a start. A lot of sites give ways to help; these guys make it simple.


2 Comments:

Blogger Gindy said...

Great post. And great blog actually.

December 22, 2004 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...

By the way, Debka is a daily must read. I look forward to seeing more.

December 22, 2004 at 1:56 PM  

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