“Let us make a vow to our dead.
Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions ...say to them... ‘I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.’ Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.”
THE LAST WORD
“Dear American Soldier in Iraq:
There are a few things you should know about how tens of millions of us back home feel about you and the fight you are waging. These things need to be said... What has happened is that many Americans, for all sorts of reasons—some out of simple fatigue, some because they do not believe that war solves anything, some out of deep loathing for the present administration--—do not believe that what you are doing is worth doing. You know that what you are doing is worth continuing... You know that you are fighting the most vicious and primitive ideology in the world today.
It is the belief that one’s God wants his followers to maim, torture and murder in order to spread a system of laws that sends societies back to a moral and intellectual state that is pre-civilization. You know that the war you wage against these people and their totalitarian ideology is also necessary because a society unwilling to fight for its values does not have values worth sustaining...
We see you as the best and brightest of our society . Even The New York Times, one of the mainstream media publications that do not understand the epic battle you are waging, acknowledged in an article by one of its embedded correspondents that few Americans of your age can come close to you in maturity, wisdom or
leadership abilities. It is unfortunate that the battle for moral clarity and moral courage in America is as divisive as the battle for freedom is in Iraq.
But that is the nature of the world we live in. And it has ever been so.. . You probably knew all this. But you need to hear it anyway. That, and thank you. Thank you very much.”
EMBEDDED REPORTERS ACTUALLY LIKE OUR TROOPS
While the MSM may not want you to know of the victories the U.S. Armed Forces achieve in Iraq, embedded reporters, whose lives depend on the very professional talent and experience of our elite combat forces, have more than a mere inkling of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make to keep The Long War off American soil.
The trust that necessarily develops between these reporters and those charged with their protection breaks down otherwise insurmountable world-view barriers between these two groups. Nay-sayers decry these arrangements, believing them to be simply propaganda tactics to co-opt reporters into acting as mouthpieces for the U.S. military, but experience has shown these claims to be without merit.
Embedded reporters have front-row seats to the good, the bad and the ugly. What the reporters see is what they get. The human face of combat weighs heavy in their minds every moment they are with their units, who treat them like one of their own.
For example, David Beriain, a Spanish reporter, remarked, “In Spain, it is most embarrassing—our soldiers are ashamed to be in the army. These young men... are so proud of what they do, and do it so well, even though it is dangerous and they could very easily be killed.” An early opponent of the war, Beriain eventually did admit, “I love those guys.”
In another case, U.S. troops saved the life of a disdainful antiwar Greek reporter, putting his life above their own. He could only repeat, ‘They saved my life, they saved my life... These are great men; they are heroes.”
These experiences give lie to the phrase, “We support our troops, but we don’t support the war in Iraq.” Support for efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan is precisely the support the troops need most. Take a moment and thank God for the heroes who defend our homeland daily.
EVIL IS POWERLESS IF THE GOOD ARE UNAFRAID
That’s why the Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith---—the second oldest in the world—first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words of temptation:
Ye shall be as gods.’ The crisis of the Western world, Whittaker Chambers reminded us, exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God... This is the real task before us: to reassert our commitment as a nation to a law higher than our own, to renew our spiritual strength. Only by building a wall of such spiritual resolve can we, as a free people , hope to protect our own heritage and make it someday the birthright of all men.”
Ronald Reagan understood that the Left media’s zeitgeist, the belief system providing the lens through which they perceive reality, was dark. Thus, their notion of centrism was badly skewed; so Reagan talked over the top of political and media talkingheads, addressing the American people directly. THAT WAS HIS GENIUS.
In his Farewell Speech to the Nation in 1989 President Reagan said,
“I won a nickname, The Great Communicator.’
But I never thought it was my style or the words I
used that made a difference: it was the content.
I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated
great things, and they didn’t spring full bloom from my
brow, they came from the heart of a great nation----—
from our experience, our wisdom and our belief in the
principles that have guided us for two centuries.”
Source: Federalist Patriot
Church of the Science of God
La Jolla, California 92038-3131
© Church of the Science of GOD, 1993