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Location: Yardley, PA (Bucks County), United States

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

And Now It Begins - Bucks County Courier Times January 6, 2012

My first thought upon hearing of the end of the Iraq War was “and now the violence will really begin”. Hopefully I’m wrong, but this whole thing will be a future case study in the damage caused by politics. Maybe repeating history over and over is just human nature.
It doesn’t help much that we have a Republican Candidate for President in Congressman Paul running around saying that it’s all our fault. The simplified facts are that terrorism relentlessly festers under tyranny and dictatorship and tends to diminish where people are free. Why a washed up Marine like me has to repeat this time and time again while our esteemed leaders who voted for the Iraq War criticize it and our personnel gives me an occasional very unsettling meltdown.
The rational human mind is incapable of understanding war. It makes no sense at all and is very bad on every level in every circumstance. Sometimes, though, it’s the only way to achieve the peace that most prefer so inaction is often worse. You might find it odd that there’s more peace sign stickers on cars on military bases than on Prius’s in New Hope, but I don’t find it odd at all. Men and women of action, character and courage understand peace better than anyone and it’s not just a bumper sticker to them. They live it and we owe them our thanks.
The current state of affairs began on 9/11 (although really going on for 30 years). The nation instantly came together big-time and then was rapidly torn apart starting about 2 or 3 weeks later by the politicians who played to our rational inability to comprehend. A war that took 10 years to “conclude” would have been over much quicker with better results if we left military leaders alone to do what they do best. But, as is usually the case, we can’t help ourselves in our relentless pursuit of Monday-morning-quaterbacking.
In spite of this we have the finest men and women of all time in uniform today. They bravely rose when called and introduced the natural human condition of freedom to the oppressed as the single most effective long-term strategy against the terrorism that’s engulfing the entire world. It’s now up to the Iraqi’s to continue down this path of freedom and it’s going to be anything but easy. The alternative was unacceptable and the difficult decisions made 10 years ago.
Now it’s up to us to honor today’s military personnel with everything we have and to make sure that we don’t fall into the political traps that we constantly allow. We can only support our men and women in uniform if we also support their mission. One is not possible without the other and they’ve earned their place in history as one hell of a Great Generation even if we’ve let them down on occasion.

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