“What are we doing here?” That is a question I hear quite often from those who oppose our actions in the Middle East. What are we doing here? We are giving people the opportunity to fight for their freedom. Freedom is not a concept that is given, it is earned. It is the costliest of human aspirations and the one thing most easily squandered. I take the dhimmitude that infects the West today as my “Exhibit A”. Those who have no concept of the cost of freedom are willing to give it away all in the name of a false “peace”. But what is Peace without Freedom?
Peace without Freedom is Slavery. I will never be a slave. If I lose my life in this land, I will have died a Free Man. If those who outlive me surrender in the name of “Peace” because they are too terrified and selfish to sacrifice for the cost of Freedom, they too will die. However, they will die as slaves, or dhimmi, which is the same thing.
“But the Iraqis were better off under Saddam than they are now!” That is another moronic statement I hear far too often. It not only shows a disgusting amount of historical ignorance, but an even more disgusting amount of unwillingness to see the truth. The left wing “useful idiots” who state this ignore that fact that CNN admitted to not reporting Saddam’s atrocities so they could keep their Baghdad office open. The media fails to mention the million plus bodies we dug up in mass graves. Bodies put there by Saddam in the 90s.
You will not get the truth from the Main Stream Media (MSM). Do you know that my living area was destroyed twice in the month I have been here? No? Funny, I live here and I never saw the destruction they speak of either. These were made-up or incredibly embellished/slanted reports.
One attack was a rocket strike on the US Embassy Annex (Presidential Palace). Supposedly several of us were killed and injured. Just one small, minor problem; it did not happen. There was a rocket attack. It probably was an Iranian manufactured rocket also, to Hell with the fools who wrote the ISG Report. But it only gave two people minor injuries from flying glass. That’s it.
Another story was a supposed bomb attack, vehicle borne, on our living areas. It too suffered from a minor issue. It never happened! There was a light mortar strike on an empty swimming pool at 9:30 pm on a cold night. Oddly enough, no one was at the pool. But that was miles from the Embassy living area. These are just two of the hundreds of suspect media reports from the MSM.
But I have digressed. So, what do I get to see in Iraq. Well, I missed the last election, but everyone should see this picture again.
The fact that people in the West (the USA especially) reduce the pure courage and determination of the Iraqi People for Freedom to a trivial joke enrages me. The Iraqi People gave “The Finger” to the “insurgents”, National Socialist Ba’athists, and imported terrorists. The Iraqi People chose the hard road of Freedom. But the leftist “Peace at any and every cost” crowd could care less. I despise these leftists for their shallowness and selfishness.
Then I see this picture:
Iraq was a country where the soldiers were used to terrorize the population. Her soldiers were employed by Saddam to rape, pillage, and burn in order to maintain his absolute rule. In the end, a few Coalition Divisions and air support wiped them out. The Iraqis were not a professional army. They were Saddam’s goons.
But that is different now. Now there are dedicated schools for Iraqi Soldiers. A growing Non-Commissioned Officer corps exists. The Iraqi Soldiers of today is better educated, better lead, and better supported than he ever was. Would they be on par with the Western Coalition today? No, but few are and we train heard just to keep that proficiency ourselves. That said, the Iraqi Army is probably the best armed force in the Arab/Persian world. If you cannot look at this picture and be touched by the emotional comfort the Soldier is providing the child, then I doubt anything I have to say will matter as your heart is full of hatred for the USA, our President, our Armed Forces, and the good Iraqi People.
So how does this affect yours truly? I helped equip this Soldier you see hugging the child. Everything he has on him and even that generator behind him are things I helped provide. That is my contribution to the war now. I help to build a professional Iraqi Army. My years as an Armor Officer are over. I have moved to Acquisitions. My vengeance to the terrorists no longer comes from the muzzles of my tanks, but from the ability of the Iraqis to hunt and kill the barbarian terrorist thugs themselves.
But what about the “cut and run” mentality? I can only say to the people who support this stupid notion the following: If we cut and run from the Middle East, we WILL have terrorists on our own streets in America. Will you grab a gun and defend our home then? Or will you continue to cower and stab you defenders in the back? Will you fight as a Free Person or die as a slave in an Islamic Caliphate?
This IS the war which will determine whether Western Freedom or an Islamic Caliphate slave state will prevail. Iraq is just one battle in this war. If we win here, the terror supporting states surrounding Iraq will fall. If we lose, a nuclear armed terror empire will surely form with the goal of our complete genocide. Ironically, the people who will suffer the most under this Caliphate are the ones protesting our fighting it. The groups shouting “Queers for Palestine” and “Boobs not Bombs” will be killed by these terrorists they support first. ANSWER/ACT/Move-On and others will follow shortly there after.
So I leave you with this one photograph.
To those who serve and support our efforts and are part of the war to crush the rising tide of terrorism and hijacked Islam, you will look at this picture, and like me, promise those little eyes that we WILL NOT FAIL. I looked at this picture the most today writing this letter. I kept asking myself if I have done everything I can to give her the opportunity to work for freedom and live in true peace. I hope I have. I know others have given everything in that cause. 3,000 Americans have given their lives so little children like this girl will not live under tyranny. Many thousands more have given years of their lives to fight the rising tide of tyrants in the world.
To those people, I give my sincerest thanks and love, as everyone who reads this should also. They are the ones who make life worth living. It does not matter who these supporters of Freedom are or what they can provide to the effort. The fact that they provide is enough.
To those that want to surrender for “peace at any cost” or “cut and run” because they are too selfish and pathetic to defend their own Freedom, let alone the Freedom of others, I ask you to look into this young lady’s eyes and tell her that her life is insignificant. I want you, Mr/Ms “I support the Troops but not the war” and even “I don’t support any U.S. ‘ANYTHING’ even though it gave me EVERYTHING on a silver platter” to look at this girl in the face. Tell her that she is worthless to you. Tell her Mr/Ms Leftist that you will gladly let the terrorists kill her and her family, and sleep very well afterwards knowing that your cowardly treason killed her. Look her in the eyes and tell her that those who were given everything free of charge will expend nothing to give her the most basic need of humanity. Look her in the eyes and tell her that she is not worthy of being Free, but your worthless, traitorous hide somehow is.
Then you can burn in Hell for I have no other use for you.
From Curt – ChrisG, a Veteran of the Iraq war, and frequent commenter here at FA wrote this piece while still in Iraq. I asked him if he would like to write something for FA when he gets the time and he graciously allowed me to post this piece. Hopefully he can find the time for more in the future. Welcome Chris!