Good read. If this doesn't bring on the tears

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  1. BlackGun

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    If this senerio doesn't bring tears to your eyes, nothing can touch a hard heart!A Military Story -- Don't Close Your Blinds



    A Military Story -- Don't Close Your Blinds

    The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war. My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today.

    I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation.

    My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window. He said "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

    "I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses." he replied.

    "OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush."

    Our son giggled and said "OK." "Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said.

    "OK Dad, I'm pretending."

    "Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and pretend you see Saddam come out of his house with his wife, he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are screaming and crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and they are afraid of their father. You see all of this son.... what do you do?"

    "Dad?"

    "What do you do son?"

    "I'd call the police, Dad."

    "OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations and they take your call, listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?"

    "Dad.......... but the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine.

    "They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says

    "But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims.

    "I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children."

    "Daddy...he kills them?"

    "Yes son, he does. What do you do?" "Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.

    "Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

    "But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"

    "WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry.

    "OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?"

    "What Daddy?"

    "He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in he window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"

    "Daddy..."

    "WHAT DO YOU DO?"

    Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I'd close the blinds, Daddy."

    My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him..."Why?"

    "Because Daddy..... the police are supposed to help people who needs them... and they won't help.... You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either... they won't help me stop him... I'm afraid.... I can't do it by myself Daddy..... I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and... and..... do nothing... so.... I'm just going to close the blinds.... so I can't see what he's doing........ and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."

    I start to cry.

    My husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husbands questions and he says... "Son"

    "Yes, Daddy."

    "Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door...

    "WHAT DO YOU DO?"

    My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says:

    "I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!!

    I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"

    I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs our son to his chest and hugs him tight, and says... "It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son..... you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife, and his children and the old lady across the way. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before it's too late." my husband whispers.

    THAT scenario I just gave you is WHY we are at war with Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen son, THAT is the greatest EVIL of all. Our President is doing what is right. We, as a free nation, must understand that this war is a war of humanity.

    WE must remove evil men from power so that we can continue to live in a free world where we are not afraid to look out our window so that my nine year old son won't grow up in a world where he feels that if he just "closes" that blinds the atrocities in the world won't affect him.

    "YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT! EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE! BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!’

    BE PROUD OF OUR TROOPS!! SUPPORT THEM!!! SUPPORT AMERICA!! SO THAT IN THE FUTURE OUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR BLINDS..."


    This should be printed in every newspaper and posted in every school in America. Of course that won't happen so we'll use the internet.
  2. Marlin

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    Every time I read this - - -

    It never fails to bring tears!!!!!!!
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    Yep, brings me to tears every time.

    Thanks for posting this, Blackgun.
  4. rosierita

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    EXCELLENT thread!
  5. stash247

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    Blackgun, this is the reason I am divorced, and seem strange, to my peers, who did not serve.
    I served in s/e Asia, in Africa, in S/ America, sometimes in formal uniform, often sterile as I could be, at the whim of my boss.
    If he told me a bridge needed to 'go away', or a building was 'in the road' of progress, these things just ceased to be 'issues', as soon as the briefing ended; he gave me the luxury of writing my own 'Op Orders' drawing my own troops, from a pool of the best on the planet, and unlimited supply access.
    His mindset was we could deal with it now, where it was, or later, at home
    I chose his approach, and dealt with things, there, rather than here, but the ex never understood the 'why' of that, and so, now is an 'ex'.
    No particular sin, on her part, as many, in this part of the world, awake safe and sound, every morning, without a clue as to why, or how, this happens.
    Salute our young men and women in uniform, and offer a simple "Thank You", for their sacrifice, to make it so; many are reservists, or National Guard troops, who have put their whole world at risk, and on 'hold', in order to do what is asked of them, and they deserve it!
    I was a profesional soldier, and knew the price, going in, but these kids are fighting a far more complex, and sophisticated war, without any menu at all! WE owe them, every one, a huge debt of gratitude, for the sacrifices they make every day, on our behalf, particularly the reservists, and National Guard troops, whose whole world has been turned upside down, by current deployments.
    To quote an unknown author: "All gave some, Some gave all".
    I went into the darkness, well trained, and aware of the cost(s), by concious choice, a 'triple volounteer'; many of these kids signed up to do domestic duty, and get an education, under the GI Bill.
    We have ripped them from their jobs, thrown them into a very dirty fight, and fail often, to recognise the costs, to them and their families! Their cost , in dollars alone, to their families is monster, yet they serve.
    I would challenge each and every one of you to offer the same smart, snappy salute a pair of stars would demand, to every young man or woman in uniform, that you meet, and a simple "thank you, for serving"!
    I missed the 'post raid ' party Ross Perot threw, at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, in San Francisco, coming home from the 'busted flush', at Son Tay, because some hairball spat upon me, and I kicked his ass, right there; they arrested me, and took me to jail.
    Times have changed, and I think that while there is indecision about whether we should be in Iraq, and Afghanistan, ther is almost total support for our troops, in both venues; That said, a smart salute, and a 'thank you', is a small but meaningful acknowlegement of their sacrifice.
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    For a few years now I've gotten used to people saying "thank you" in public while wearing a uniform. I've never been negative about it, even on a bad day, even when guys with me ignored the words or said something like "I don't need thanks. I chose this job". I was humbled a long time ago and still am. A lady crossing the street to shake my hand on the sidewalk has always had as much effect on me as when fire trucks raced beside our plane on a DFW runway spraying water to welcome us home in 2005 (EIF)or seeing a hundred strangers in Bangor Airport handing us cell phones to call home in 2002(OEF).

    But for awhile now those "thank you's" have been followed with "We are praying you all come home soon!" or "We have to bring home all the troops now." or "This thing has to stop soon so we can bring everyone home".

    I hear this often. I never reply. I just say, "One day, sir" "I guess so, ma'am".

    Not from liberals. From conservatives. Young. Old. White. Black. Men. Women.

    I can't sit at a bar or stay in one spot too long without either being asked if I think we should pull out, or hearing a comparison to Vietnam, or just being sucked into a debate about why we are in Iraq. I know my comrades experience this too.

    I was reading something about the presidential candidates the last week of this May and asked myself a question. It was at first an idle thought. "Why in the hell would I go back over there and do it all again just so the next president can start the withdrawel??"

    Now I ask myself this a lot. I spent 25 months there already. I can take credit for having trained or helped train over 3,000 combat service support troops in the pool to go or have already done so. "Why go back and risk everything just to pull out early?"

    It didn't help that 28 May I talked to a good friend Ed at Bragg. He went through a lot to get where he wanted in special operations. He lost his first wife over his career. He went through some really bad crap. Now, after getting over halfway to retiring and doing good where most that try to get to can't....he is starting to chapter out using no family care plan (unmarried-single parent) for his new kid as the reason. No doubt he will succeed in getting his way....he don't usually fail. Why get out? "Why go fight in vain? We are going to get pulled out." Ed is going to take a 50-60% pay cut to work for the Border Patrol.

    I couldn't blame him or criticize his reasoning. I could only here the same things I thought.

    This puts me between two hard places. I have another good friend still over there for the past 4 years. He has stayed on. I don't exactly know why...he never gives a good reason. But he keeps jumping units and never comes home except for leave. Somehow this gives me guilt for not wanting to go back.

    I've so far been successful at not thinking much about the people that live over there who believe we really will fix things some day. I don't want to be there when we turn our back.

    Anyway these are random thoughts. Sorry if it doesn't make a lot of sense.


    I have to say this too. It's not all about fearing a liberal president will drop the job unfinished. Damn McCain for saying this war would last 100 years! I know I'm not the only fool who told himself, justified to himself for barely seeing his kids 5 months in 3 years, that if we get this thing done our kids will never have to deal with it. I picked up pieces of guys I knew and wrapped them in a poncho so my kids would never be afraid of a carbomb in their own town. Sending them all grown up to get blasted into pieces over there one day by a carbomb is not acceptable....not to anyone who already went over there and walked those damn streets and lived through it.

    Something is really badly wrong with all this.
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    That's a good story, and thought provoking.
    But if we take that fathers words to their logical end, we would also be dealing with Mugabe, Bashir of Sudan, Shwe of Burma, Jong-il, etc., etc.
    Those against this war would say we don't........because none of them have oil.
    How would the father answer his son when he asks why it's okay for these guys to kill their wives and children?
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    One word that destroys any illusion that we are good guys spreading democracy and peace: Africa
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    Good read.
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    Delta, I have made war and love on five continents, at the convenience of the Army, when we did not even have an identifiable 'scrap' going on.
    I have hauled ordinance, ecplosives, sharp objects, and such, to places I did not know existed, until ordered there; I missed the birth of both of my daughters, because there were 'bigger fish' to fry, at the time!
    I flew to Waco, Tx, in 70 , to procure an absolutely unavaiable piece of gear, well in advance of a TM, and it cost me four good friends, fine soldiers, because I was not 'on the lot' to cover their sixes.
    It was my boss's call, as we really needed this ****, then the best night vision scope, on the planet, and so new it was not yet in the supply system, and it pretty much paid for itself, in a couple of weeks( AN/PVS 4, Prototype), but I remain sorta pissed off , over the cost.
    For me to lose four of my team, because nobody was there to cover their backside, is close to criminal.
    When I write an op order, security is the first priority, if I cannot provide at least that, we are done.
    I have been nose to nose, with the most senior NCO in the army, and survived, because he realized my concern was for survival, not status; he agreed that security of an operation was ultimately the issue that made or broke it, functionally.
    Today, as I understand it, my arguments from years ago are the rule; no mission is planned without a security element, integral to it's implementation, and we have a lot more kids coming home safely for the effort.
    I love music, and 'Taps' is a masterpiece; I love the sounds, as a fitting end to the day, but never want to hear those sounds again, played in the morning, because that is always at a funeral.
    Delta, I was at a Denny's restauraunt, Sunday, near Lackland AFB, and ran into several young 'rainbows', in 'slick sleeve' uniforms, out to breakfast, with visiting family, or friends; every one, I shook their hand, and offered a 'thank you, for serving'; these are the finest, smartest, best educated troops on the planet, that we throw into the fray, and I mean all branches, just, mine is an 'Air Force' town.
    I served in a time and theater where spitting and hitting was a more common reception; I was arrested, in San Francisco, for 'tapping out' some clown who spat on me, with my arn in a sling, and still in a wound dressing.
    I really would have liked to have made Mr Perot's party, but there are priorities, and this turd realy needed a broken nose; he got it!
    I will not stand for such abuse of our servicemen, today; they do the ugliest of work, in the worst of places, that the dummies here at home, clueless, can sleep safely, every night.
    We have the finest service men and women on earth; it is a very small sacrifice, for any of us, to take the time to say 'Thanks', for alll they endure, in our behalf.
    I will make the effort, and take the time, until I die.
    And, Thanks for serving!
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