Saturday, March 10, 2007

No Other Nation

Just finished watching the re-run of CNN's documentary Ambush at the River of Secrets which is about a group of US Marine combat engineers who were ambushed in Al-Anbar province, and what caught my attention was not the sense of victimhood the US media want to project on US military and then portray them as good victims of the so-called imperialistic policies of bad-bad Uncle Sam. Quite in contrary the emotions of the mother of the killed marine caught my attention where she said:
    You know, 40 years from now, what will this -- this turn out to be? Maybe Iraq will be a prosperous, free country.

    We, just looking at the now, but I'm looking way ahead years from now. I'm looking at the point when someday an Iraqi person will come up and shake my hand and say thank you. Thank you, that you gave your son. And I'll say it was a privilege. And I don't regret it
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And I guess that's the major difference between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. As far as I know, no other nation on this planet sacrifices its young men and women for the sake of others' freedoms and integrity and this is what makes America a good country.

3 comments:

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Papa Ray said...

No, it's what makes it a great Nation, with good people, who know that:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

These same people do more than mouth the words or read them in books. They actually believe it and are willing to help those who do not have these rights. Because they know it is the right thing to do and that as long as any man or woman or child is not free, that their freedom is also threatened.

It sometimes takes America several tries to get things right, but in the end we always do.

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

Beth Donovan said...

I am very happy that you see that we Americans are not Oppressors or Imperialists - we really do want to make the world a better place for all people.
No, if we could only convince some Americans on the Looney Left!

I am very happy to have discovered your blog.