J. D. Pendry
"This country is not worth dying for."† Cindy Sheehan
Mrs. Sheehan, my prayer for you is that you defeat the anger that has consumed you and achieve inner peace.† There is only one way I know for that to occur: Ephesians 3:14-19
When I enlisted into the Army, I didnít intend to stay one day more than my three year enlistment.† No matter the reason that a man or woman enters the service, what's important is why, in increasing numbers, do they stay? Is it because they think our country is worth dying for? No, Soldiers donít think that way.† They believe, deeply, that what our country stands for is worth preserving Ė worth living and fighting for.† They have a strong sense of purpose and a calling to service.† They may not enlist for those reasons, but it is why they stay.
It bothers me when I hear Soldiers referred to as boys or kids - those who oppose the military and oppose war for any reasons often do it.† Itís their attempt to build sympathy for their position.† The men and women who, by choice, proudly serve in the uniformed armed services of our country are not anyone's kid. A Soldier's reality vaults "kid" hood rather quickly.
I never met a soldier that
defined "country" as real estate for which he or she would willingly
die. Itís more than that. It's about a way of life that's produced
the greatest country ever known to Humankind. Itís a country worth living
for.† People die trying to get to
Iím grateful each day that I was able to spend more than half my existence on this earth with thousands of the dedicated men and women that keep our country free and moving forward. They make it work, they defend it and the great ideals that caused it to be the best place on earth to live, work and raise families. Unfortunately, there will always be those willing to take their share of the prize while condemning those who made the prize possible. They walk the freedom road cleared by men and women of valor who willingly sacrifice for those who would disparage and dishonor them.
Soldiers view protestors as
one might view a toddler. Toddlers throw temper tantrums.† During their little fits of anger, they tell
us how much they hate us. We pick them up, hug them, and then protect them
with every ounce of our being.† We
protect them because we know that they are the ones who most need our
protection. If we left them to fend for themselves, the evil in this
world would finish them Ė and
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