Interesting, to say the least. It's often easier to cower behind a popular opinion than to speak out for what you think is the truth, or to try and
have someone look at something from a different perspective.
If it weren't for the language chosen, American soldiers would qualify as Jihadists.
Here is ONE Viet Nam vet's words:
God, Duty, Country... I was born in the beginning of the Cold War. I always wanted to be a freedom fighter and soldier. Sgt. York was one of my
greatest heroes. Then JFK and his wartime heroics, and then his words, influenced me to serve in Vietnam. I was a proud green beret a
Notice the first word?
It might be worthwhile to consider why 'So Help Me God' is at the end of almost every official oath in this country. Marines, Army, it matters
It really IS all just a matter of perception.
When we invoke the name of OUR God before entering a battle, or ask his blessings, or his strength in our fight against another, in effect we are
becoming 'Holy Warriors' in our own perception. When we call down the wrath of OUR God on those who would endanger our way of life, we become
All that is different between them and US is the side of the fence TPTB have put them on and the language they use.
I abhor violence and the loss of life. It especially pains me when it is my brothers or sisters. So easy it is to look a the darker man and say he is
not my brother...to say that his God is wrong and mine is the only one that could possibly be right.
The man on the TV tells me I'm supposed to hate the dark man in a different land and what he believes. So I go to his land and my comrades help me
kick in his door. We shoot him for defending his land and his family against aggressors.
It is a difficult thing to think that perhaps the man on TV was wrong. Perhaps the man with so many medals on his uniform was wrong. Maybe there is
not too much that separates you from that man in the other place.
But alas, this could not be, because they are haters of all things good and killers of women and babies and draggers of goats.
War IS hell and those that create it, engineer it, lie to perpetuate it, fund it, profit from it...THOSE are your enemies friends. Those are the
enemies of peace, and the slaves to fear and greed.
Bullets don't care who your God is, and it's probably best to not pause for contemplation when in that situation, but when you return, hopefully in
one piece, perhaps you can dig a little deeper than the words of the man on the television and see humanity in a man from a different land, doing what
he can do to protect HIS way of life, the same as you would hopefully do for YOUR way of life and YOUR country, if God forbid, the need should arise.
I applaud your bravado, my friend, and though I don't know your motivation, or even agree with it, I appreciate your willingness to expose us to it,
despite the knowledge, that you MUST have had, that yours would be an uncomfortable position to hold.