Posts Tagged ‘war’

1000 Dead Civilians?

April 4, 2011

Last week I heard that our primary reason for the use of military force in Libya was to protect civilian life.

Saturday, I read about 1000 civilians that had died in the Ivory Coast due to internal conflict.

Should we have been involved there as well?

If we are trying to protect civilian life there are many places in the world experiencing turmoil.

We cannot be everywhere.  How will we decide who gets our support?

Our interjection of force into a nation’s internal conflict is not the way to go.

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The Goal of War

April 7, 2010

Sitting next to our computer is a brass casing from a 105mm tank round.  No, I did not steal it.  I served in the USMC back in the eighties as a tank crewman and one day we were given instructions to use up the remaining brass rounds that were on hand.  Our company commander then authorized us each to keep one of the casings as a souvenir.  That was many years ago, but I still have one in my possesion.

It is visually contradictory, because we have a bouquet of artificial flowers stuffed into the top. 

I read a great quote the other day, “The goal of war is a just peace.”  and I suppose that my unusual flower stand could be used as a symbol of that statement.  The round is spent. It is no longer a threat or a danger, yet it is a reminder of a past reality.  The flowers that are supported by it currently, are a present beauty.

My hope, and prayer for our returning troops, and for the countries now in conflict, is that a time of peace will come, and that beauty may be restored, both to individual lives, and to whole countries.

Courageous Military

October 5, 2009

The recent attack on our military in Afghanistan resulted in eight soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice.  Our military is an all volunteer force.   Everyone who enlists is aware that we are a nation at war, and there are risks.  Military personnel accept those risks in service to our country.  It is part of the job.  The courage of our military has been proven over and over again. 

The courage of our politicians, our press, all of the people on the home front, is another matter.  There seems to be a lot of vacillation here at home. 

As a society, we need to stand firm.  Supporting our military is more than waving flags, or tying yellow ribbons.  When the going gets tough we need to maintain a firm resolve to accomplish the mission. 

What is the mission?  To continue to oppose terrorist organizations, preferably on foreign soil.  We can be very thankful to our military, the Department of Homeland Security, and other law enforcement agencies, that since 911 there has not been a successful attack on US soil.

When we were focussed on Iraq, a criticism was that we should be focussed on Afghanistan.  Now that the fighting has shifted to Afghanistan, why is there not more unanimous support?

Our military is courageous.  Our support for the mission should remain firm.

Crossing Borders

October 29, 2008

Here in the United States the majority of the news is dealing with the election and the economy.  However I have read recently with great interest some news about the war on terror.  American military forces have crossed the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan, and also from Iraq into Syria, to strike at terrorist targets.  Unfortunately,  there is also the collateral damage of loss of civilian life and damage to communities.

It is good that terrorists are not able to hide in safety across a border which they can cross at any time to make their attacks.  They will certainly be less bold in their continuation of attacks if their place of refuge is no longer safe.

I am concerned about how the Arab world will view these attacks by American military.  We really, really, do not want to make new enemies.  We have enough of those already.  At the same time, we really do want to truly complete the mission of eliminating terrorist attacks.

I hope our government and military know what they are doing.

I pray that they will make the right choices.  I look forward to a day when we will debate with words rather than kill or be killed.