Monday, September 24, 2012

The Long War

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By some accounts, the Vietnam War began for the U.S. on 1 November, 1955. It ended with the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. 20 years and six months exactly. A very long war.

Now we are engaged in a new long war. A war which could result in the destruction of our civilization and the loss of all we hold dear. For that is what's at stake. Make no mistake about that.

I personally consider this war to have begun on 23 October 1983, with the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Now it is September of 2012. Nearly 29 years later. The Long War continues.

This new Long War has been ongoing, with many fits and starts. I think we, in the West, don't see it this way. We have seen what seem to be disparate events, which don't seem to make up part of any whole. Perhaps this is the fault of the Main Stream Media (MSM) with their concentration on the here and now. Perhaps it is our own fault. Many of us only pay attention to events which impact us directly. Otherwise it's just something on the news. To be replaced by a different story tomorrow.

Unless it's an event like 9/11. That was so big as to get everyone's attention. All of us felt like this was an event which had impacted us directly. This was not, to many people, "just another news story". Many of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when the events of 9/11 unfolded. Some have likened this to an earlier generation's memories of Pearl Harbor.

Unlike an earlier generation, many of our generation have gotten on with life. It's only a very few who serve in Harm's Way. There is no mobilization of the Nation to support our troops. Life for most of us goes on much as it did before the Twin Towers came down, before the Pentagon was hit, before United Airlines Flight 93 slammed into a field in Pennsylvania. Yes, for some, life goes on as if that day never happened.

But the attacks continue. They're not caused by an obscure video. They're caused by a group of people who stopped progressing sometime during the Middle Ages. They're caused by so-called religious leaders inciting uneducated young men with lots of time on their hands to kill themselves while taking the lives of as many "infidels" as possible. These attacks are caused by pure, unmitigated evil. This enemy wants to kill us. This enemy celebrates the deaths of Americans. This enemy deserves no pity. This enemy must be destroyed.

And at this critical moment in American history, no even more, at this critical moment in the history of Western Civilization, what do we have leading this great nation? A group of unqualified, inept, inefficient self-serving idiots. Community organizers and others of that ilk.

The leader of this pack of fools, our President, travels the globe apologizing for us. Apologizing for what? Apologizing for our service men and women spilling the blood which has soaked the ground of places from Normandy to Khe Sanh? From Iwo Jima to Fallujah? What the hell do we have to apologize for?

I am sick of it. Sick to my stomach.

We are approaching a critical point in this coming election. Will this be a turning point, where we return to the ideals and hard work with which our forefathers built this great nation? Or will we continue as we have, take the hand-outs, the freebies and the "bread and circuses"? In my book, that way leads to a descent into a new darkness.

The enemy is at the gates. This new wave of barbarians will overwhelm us unless we make some changes and make them soon.

Where is the outrage? Where is the disgust with the direction we seem to be taking? WHERE ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN WILLING TO TAKE A STAND?

Where will YOU stand this November?

4 comments:

  1. What I said at The Place For All of Us.

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    1. Roger that Buck. Copy all. (And thanks!)

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  2. Standing, according to the Biblical definition, means that there is an effort put forth against a resistant force....I hate to sound like a grumpy old geezer, however, there ain't much resisting going on by voters, at least most I know....shrug the shoulders & sigh and then crab about gas prices....I believe many Americans have the same attitude toward terrorists that my grandmother had about snakes - if you leave them alone they'll leave you alone...Wrong!...thanks for saying what you're saying

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    1. I like your definition of standing Greg. And you're right about what seems to be (I hope) a lack of resistance from the voters. You may be grumpy, but you're right! Terrorists aren't gonna go away, every weak response by the current misadministration in DC just encourages them. We need to crush them or bend to their will. This Old Sarge ain't bending to the will of anyone, save God!

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Just be polite... that's all I ask. (For Buck)