Major Dad 1984

Cursed By A Classical Education

Let's just say that I intend to use this blog to blow off some steam that I might be feeling with the International/National media, my work situation, or maybe even to tee off on the family in a humorous way of course!


Rough Men and Women Standing Ready...

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell

Well, at least I think George Orwell said it...seems to be some controversy on the Internet...but like it or not, it's true.

Tonight, we have men and women...Americans, Brits, Poles, Koreans, Iraqis and more standing ready to do violence on our behalf....and on the half of the Iraqi and Afghan people among others. We're doing what we can to ensure than men and women can get to work safely, kids to schools without incident, and the day to day things that we as free people seem to take for granted. There are those that would like to wrestle those and other freedoms away from the Iraqi and Afghan people in the name of a religious fervor that would seem to be somewhat out of date...wouldn't you think?

Go "Google" a search on "Islam sects" and do a little reading. I took a brief few minutes to do this today and found a wealth of information about the faith that I have been neglectful in not investigating further. There are far more sects than I thought....Shia and Sunni are just two of many. Read a little bit about the beliefs...and see what you think.

The bottom line of this post came to me this evening as I stood retreat as the colors came down from the pole at Fort Hood, Texas. As the bugle call played...I began to think about what to write tonight and here it is....

As members of the blogosphere, traveling at will on the Internet, we have the freedom of speech and we're exercising it. That freedom comes at a cost....and the forces of freedom are out there protecting it tonight, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Keep in mind that it is not the politician in Washington or London or wherever that gave you this freedom....nor is it the media we seem to hold in such high regard and wonderment. It has been the soldier, no matter what flag is flown on the soldier that is the guarantor of such rights....enjoy them.

Tonight I have two pieces of bad news....first, we've lost seven soldiers here at Fort Hood today when their Blackhawk helicopter crashed due to a TV tower guide wire. From what I understand, we've lost some very senior folks...keep an eye out on the news for more details.

The second, and one much closer to home comes from Afghanistan. The husband of a friend and acquaintance from West Point is missing. I don't have many details, but I'm piecing together what I think will probably be the story....another helicopter missing in the mountains of Iraq. Let's hope they just had to put down because of weather...and are simply waiting for some clearing before returning to base or that they'll be found by search and rescue. If you're the praying type...say a couple for this family and the families of the crew and passengers.

See you all on the high ground tomorrow....


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At 11:24 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Here's something that was emailed to me a long time ago. I was pretty immature so I didn't think much of it, but luckily I kept a copy and have come to appreciate it. I think you will too, MajorDad:

The following passage is from a sermon by John Hagee:

"I want you to close your eyes and picture in your mind the soldier at
Valley Forge, as he holds his musket in his bloody hands. He stands
barefoot in the snow, starved from lack of food, wounded from months of
battle and emotionally scarred from the eternity away from his family
surrounded by nothing but death and carnage of war.

He stands though, with fire in his eyes and victory on his breath. He looks
at us now in anger and disgust and tells us this...

I gave you a birthright of freedom born in the Constitution and now your
children graduate too illiterate to read it.

I fought in the snow barefoot to give you the freedom to vote and you stay
at home because it rains.

I left my family destitute to give you the freedom of speech and you remain
silent on critical issues, because it might be bad for business.

I orphaned my children to give you a government to serve you and it has
stolen democracy from the people.

It's the soldier not the reporter who gives you the freedom of the press.

It's the soldier not the poet who gives you the freedom of speech.

It's the soldier not the campus organizer who allows you to demonstrate.

It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, whose coffin is
draped with the flag that allows the protester to burn the flag!

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in
our time of need."

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Joe said...

But if you want what I think, instead of what the good reverend thinks, it is that there can and must be a day when violence will not be necessary to deter or prevent evil, that there can and must be a day when crime will be a forgotten trend, an addiction long recovered from. But, just as Franklin had to with the Constitution, I must admit that the best we have now is the smart bomb and riot shield. But when I pray tonight, and I may be the black sheep of us godless liberals for declaring it, I won't pray for victory in war, but victory in peace.

At 5:07 AM, Blogger MajorDad said...

Update....I found this online this morning...please keep these Americans in your thoughts and prayers today. Maybe this story will have a happy ending....

Baltimore Sun
November 30, 2004

U.S. Searching For Plane Missing In Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. military said today that it was searching for six Americans who were aboard an aircraft missing since Saturday in Afghanistan.

Troops and planes were scouring the Hindu Kush mountains, from where an emergency locator signal had been received. It was unclear if the missing aircraft had crashed, and a military spokesman said officials had not given up hope of finding the three soldiers and three crew members alive.

The civilian CASA 112, under contract to ferry troops and equipment around Afghanistan, took off from the main U.S. base at Bagram on Saturday but never arrived at its undisclosed destination, the military said.
God, I hope so....

From the high ground....


At 5:46 AM, Blogger DagneyT said...

It's winter in Afghanistan, Major, lets add warmth to our prayers!

You know, everytime I hear someone on the left say something that includes "our troops out of harm's way", I just want to throttle them!

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Very sad to hear our boys may be hurt/killed/missing. I hope for the best for their sake and for their families.
Sorry to hear about your friend, Major.


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