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Response; Our soldiers and God
Sad but all so true, and two of the "Band of Brothers", (101st ABN) were killed this morning in an ambush in Bagdad. I have been a soldier and served in harms way. I have witnessed the dead and the dying, but I have never fought or served in a combat theatre under the conditions these men and women are serving. As a former 75th Ranger, I have been able to get in there kill the enemy, wreck havoc and get out. Yes, we lost comrades in every combat operation I have ever been a part of, but at least we knew that if we survived the mission we were sent in to do, we would be coming back home, straight way, immediately.
I have and will always be proud to have served my country and to have served as a Ranger. The 75th Ranger Regiment is the premier elite fighting force in the US Army today. They are the youngest special operators in the American Military Special Operation fighting force. Rangers are shock troops, their mission is to kill and destroy. It is as simple as that. It is the "curse" of the Ranger that the mission requires that he may be the first to die in any declared or undeclared campaign, war or engagement. It is the blessing of the Ranger that he does not have to remain long in the wake of the damage he has done. That is left for others to endure.
Now comes the reason for this correspondence. The US Army Ranger has earned the right to be called the Army's best. He is indeed well trained, but best does not mean that he is as an (individual), better than any other soldier who has volunteered to sacrifice all for this Nation, when called upon to do so. They all go, they are nervous, fearful, tearful, courageous and brave. Yet they go unflinchingly. They give up all when they die. Husbands, wives, children, sisters and brothers, bright and shinning futures. You may disagree, but they are still being "Sacrificed On The Alter of Freedom". The "flower" of this Nation uprooting itself from the "precious ground", so that the seeds of freedom may grow in its place on other "ground", in a faraway land. I am grieved to the point of tears, when I hear of the death of our "Brave Warriors". To those of us who have served in the wars and campaigns that followed the Vietnam War, what is going on now in Iraq is strange ground. For the Vietnam Veteran there is an air of Déjà vu, this "territory is familiar. So desperately do I desire for our soldiers to come home, out of "Harms Way". Leave those "people" to their destiny.
Yet as I kneel in an attitude of fervent prayer, I am reminded of the history of this nation and those who fought and sacrificed so that I could be "free". My mournful spirit asks the age old question, "who will fight for the Slave", those who cannot fight for themselves. Who will fight for the men, women and children who were and are being slaughtered in Iraq and Liberia and other places throughout Africa, or in any Nation were the poor, helpless and downtrodden are being killed and tortured daily?
Contrary to what we might believe, the willingness of this Nations military to go to the aid of "others" is not based on the morality or compassionate hearts of this Nations Leadership, not its president nor its congress. If it was, we would have long been in Africa. Somalia and Rwanda would never have wept over so great a loss of life. It is Gods will that "Goodness shall triumph over Evil". We may not understand how it is working when we see the blood of our soldiers being shed every day, every single day. Be assured that it is. Every "loss" causes us to contemplate the role our Nation is playing in the great scheme of things and our own small place and position in that grand scheme. If we are the "Children of God", adversity such as this should bring us to our knees. With our prayers to and questions of God, we are reminded that He is still in control. No He is not going to stretch for His hand and instantly bring our soldiers home, and they will not stop dying soon. A great writer and philosopher once wrote, "Only the Dead know the end of War", we could add to that, "and God". The whole of what we now endure is the consequence of "Sin". Yet in the mist of this sad and mournful time we can for ourselves and our soldiers look toward the "Cross" and know the sacrifice of our brave men and women shall not go unnoticed by Him who sacrificed His life for " all mankind". Let us not be overwhelmed by our grief, let us not despair or loose heart, let not anger fill that space within us where the Spirit of God dwells. These are indeed times of trouble, sad and mournful days. We have traveled this road before. We know the nature of the ground. It is a canyon we cannot ourselves traverse or find our way out of. We need a guide, some one to lead us out.
So while they stand and fight so that others may enjoy a true freedom, let us also be "one with them", in that we shall fight the good fight of faith. Let us turn toward and face that which would comfort us in these desperate times, the "Cross of Jesus". Pray fervently for our Men and Women who are unselfishly sacrificing their lives and pray not for "this thing or that thing to happen", but that the Will of God be done in each and everyone of their Lives and ours as well.
"ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING."
"GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER, AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO GAVE HIMSELF FOR OUR SINS THAT HE MIGHT DELIVER US OUT OF THIS PRESENT EVIL AGE, ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF OUR GOD AND FATHER"
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