Sunday, December 11, 2005

Let Freedom Ring

Well, it's almost game time. In days, the Iraqi citizens will elect a 275 member parliament. We are promised that the insurgents will step up their efforts to derail the democratic process here in Iraq. Our response? "Not on our watch". We simply will not lose this battle. While we fight for the Iraqi people, we also fight for our brothers who have given their lives for this cause. We will not dishonor the memories of these warriors by cowering to fanatics. Let it be heard from the mountaintops, "WE WILL NOT LOSE! Brothers, we will continue your fight and we will NOT let you down."

A democratic Iraq is no longer a vision. It is a reality; a result of bravery, heroism and dedication which our enemies cannot even begin to fathom. The cowards whom we fight are heartless and are blinded by their fanaticism and false hopes. They have no concept of soldiery, bravery or virtue; they are the infidels. Many people are not aware of the tactics that these fools use on the battlefield. Allow me if you will, to share a few. They (the insurgents) blindly and cowardly shoot from behind buildings, giving no thought for the lives of children, women or non-combatants in the path of their bullets. They rig mosques with explosives and fire upon coalition troops from within these mosques. Why? It is in the hopes that their foolhardy companions (or a CNN cameraman) will capture coalition troops firing on the mosque as they detonate their explosives giving the appearance that WE destroyed the structure. The enemy's "leaders" flee when the first shot is fired and tell their minions that they must be brave for allah. What kind of bunk is that? Does allah not require bravery from them as well? They hold families hostage in their own homes to use them as a platform for their insurgency. These are the imbeciles whom we fight and who would run this country should we leave and not destroy them and their network.

But again we say, send us your best Al Zarqawi. We are committed to this fight and if need be, we are committed to destroying all who stand in our way, in the way of freedom and in the way of the virtues and character which you and your kind detest. Preach from your cave and sleep with one eye open, for that next bump in the night which you hear, may not be your equally innate and cowardly compadres. It may be a United States Marine who will unfortunately treat you (somewhat) humanly and afford you rights which you have for so long denied others. And when you do wake up and see (and possibly feel) the muzzle of that M-16, please don't try to run or fight; but if you choose to fight, so be will be your last.


Anonymous said...

said well my boy

Barb said...

"We will not lose" - this is the key. For the Iraqis, and for every lost servicemember, not to mention their families who've given up a loved one. This is a pivotal front in the battle on terrorism, and there is no going back. As Capt B says ... "One Team, One Fight!"

tzigane said...

That was great. Descriptions like these are what should be turned into movies or graphic novels.

Anonymous said...

One finger at a time

By Salena Zito


Sunday, December 11, 2005

Iraq is under siege. And, for a moment, it has nothing to do with "insurgents," Saddam meltdowns or weak-kneed U.S. politicians.

This siege is one that your average American is pretty familiar with: that mentally fatiguing final week leading to Election Day.

Iraq resembles a targeted swing state; sophisticated media have taken hold. Savvy radio and television commercials bear a striking similarity to those produced here; political consultants are even advising campaigns on media saturation and how to react to developments.

With campaign signs plastering every vertical surface available, the only thing missing is James Carville or Karl Rove huddled around some candidate in the stretch.

Not too bad for a country that is basically 32 months old.

We need to lay off the negative media-juice and think about this: 32 months ago, the statue of Saddam Hussein came down. Not 32 years ago, not 32 decades ago -- 32 months ago.

Since that statue-toppling day, Iraq has shifted light-years away from a crushing dictatorship -- a brutal regime that suspended or perverted every institution of national life. No real political or judicial system existed.

If the significance of that does not resonate yet, consider this: Iraqis have held an election, drafted a constitution, ratified it and, on Thursday, will hold another election to set up a permanent government.

All accomplished in 32 months.

All under the constant threat of violence.

Next time you consider not voting because it's inconvenient, remember the courage of the Iraqis.

As deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Ambassador David Satterfield has a front-row seat to this birth of democracy. He told me in a telephone interview from Baghdad that he anticipates an "extremely broad" turnout at the polls, including Sunnis.

"Unlike the election in January, when the Sunni community almost completely boycotted the election, Sunnis now show a growing desire to participate in the political process," he said.

"Iraqis, like Americans, need an inclusive, participatory political process, and that is exactly what has been developing here."

With Sunnis now peacefully taking part, democracy is moving forward.

Political debate inside the Beltway has kept the average American unaware of the progress in Iraq. And time has dulled our recollection of our own struggle toward a democratic republic.

We've forgotten our fights over the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the Whiskey Rebellion and that messy little War of 1812.

And the Civil War? That stain on our history reverberates to this day.

Similarities between our founding patriots and the Iraqis are not lost upon Satterfield:

"The terrorists' outrages have had no effect on the ability of the Iraqi security services to recruit and they have no effect on people willing to serve in government."

Iraqis continue to move forward, he insists, just as our own patriots did, with a stiff spine and a strong resolve.

Yet politics has buried the successes in Iraq. John Kerry is the perfect example of a verbal bomb-thrower. We expect the inane from Howard Dean, but Kerry should just plain know better.

Once again, we are knee-deep in negativity. But a positive movement is afoot and it will be interesting to see if our nation buys into its simple message.

A grassroots organization -- Purple Finger for Freedom -- is encouraging solidarity with Iraqis by asking Americans to sport a purple finger, imitating the ink stains used to mark voters who brave the gunfire and other dangers in that beleaguered country.

Ambassador Satterfield appreciates the gesture. "I think any recognition by the American people of the courage and commitment of Iraqis to the democratic process is a very welcome thing."

On Thursday, Iraq's Election Day, we should consider the successes there -- one finger at a time.

Anonymous said...

A welcome breath of fresh air.

Anonymous said...

America's son, sorry first time at your blog didn't catch your name.May God continue to hold each and everyone of you in the palms of his hands...Know that there are many back home that hold each of you up in prayer daily.Thank you for your Service.The sacrifices each of you have endured will never be forgotten and greatly appreciated forever.
To your fellow Iraqi soldiers who stand by your side continue to fight for and defend your New found "Freedom" as well as your fellow citizens we will not give up Hope Freedom will ring loud and shown in the colored fingers held high and proud!!!
a forever greatful American

Sgt. B. said...

Good words, Son.

Protect them, guide them, keep them safe.

Semper Fi.

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