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    Don't close your blinds!

    The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war.

    My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation.

    My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window. He told him: "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

    "I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses." he replied.

    "OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush."

    Our son giggled and said "OK."

    "Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said.

    "OK Dad, I'm pretending."

    "Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and see that man come out of his house with his wife and he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, and then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and afraid of their father. You see all of this son.... What do you do?"

    "Dad?"

    "What do you do son?"

    "I call the police, Dad."

    "OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations and they take your call, listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?"

    "Dad, but the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine.

    "They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says.

    "But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims.

    "I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children."

    "Daddy...he kills them?"

    "Yes son, he does. What do you do?"

    "Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.

    "Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

    "But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"

    "WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry.

    "OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?"

    "What Daddy?"

    "He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in he window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"

    "Daddy..."

    "WHAT DO YOU DO?"

    Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I close the blinds, Daddy."

    My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him..."Why?"

    "Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help...people who need it....and they won't help....You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either...they won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself ...Daddy.... .I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and...and... ..do nothing...so. ...I'm just going to close the blinds..so I can't see what he's doing....... .and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."

    I start to cry.

    My husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husbands questions and he tells him...."Son"

    "Yes, Daddy."

    "Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door..."WHAT DO YOU DO?"

    My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: "I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"

    I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs my son to his chest and hugs him tight, and cries..."It' s too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son.....you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife. You have to do
    what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before...... it's too late." my husband whispers.

    THAT scenario is why we are at war with Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen is the greatest evil of all. Our President is doing what is right. We, as a free nation, must understand that this war is a war of humanity. WE must remove evil men from power so that we can continue to live in a free world where we are not afraid to
    look out our window. So that my nine year old son won't grow up in a world where he feels that if he just "closes" that blinds the atrocities in the world won't affect him.

    "YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT! EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!"

    BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!
    BE PROUD OF OUR TROOPS!!
    BE PROUD OF OUR PRESIDENT
    SUPPORT THEM!!!
    SUPPORT AMERICA!!
    SO THAT IN THE FUTURE OUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR BLINDS....
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    "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon..."

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    Good post
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    So lay off, I'm offduty and spouting off.

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    Sounds like your husband needs to be bought a beer Ender, He has worked hard today.

    Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:

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    OUT F'IN STANDING. This one is getting e-mailed to everybody. Great post and thank you both for your military service.
    Those who live by the sword... get shot by those who don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xnvyflyer View Post
    OUT F'IN STANDING. This one is getting e-mailed to everybody. Great post and thank you both for your military service.
    OORAH! thanks for the post and I am forwarding it to everyone I know as well...as a side note, I know someone on Barbara Boxer's staff. this is gonna go over like a ton of bricks.

    If I didn't like to fight I wouldn't be a Marine!


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    But, when youth, the dream, departs
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    And it never comes again

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    The man who will go where his colors go, without asking who will fight a phantom foe in the jungle and mountain range, without counting, and who will suffer and die in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is still what he has always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to democratic America. He is the stuff of which legions are made. ...His pride is in his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly realistic, to fit him for what he must face...and his obedience is to his orders. He has been called United State Marine.
    T.R. Fehrenbach, This Kind of War

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    great post
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    Quote Originally Posted by xnvyflyer View Post
    OUT F'IN STANDING. This one is getting e-mailed to everybody. Great post and thank you both for your military service.
    dunno if one part was directed at me or not, but i didn't write it or serve in the military....i just passed it along since i really liked it.
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    "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon..."

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    Finally, It's explained.
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    Good post Ender. Your husband is a wise man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge113 View Post
    Good post Ender. Your husband is a wise man.


    something tells me this is only the beginning...
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    "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon..."

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    Brought tears to my eyes....and a sudden desire to do violence to those who'd attack to weaker than I.

    I am only one.....but I am one who will stand.
    "Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you.
    He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night.
    The only thing clean on him is his weapon.
    He doesn't worry about what workout to do---his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him.
    The True Believer doesn't care "how hard it is"; he knows he either wins or he dies.
    He doesn't go home at 1700; he is home.
    He knows only the Cause.
    Now, who wants to quit?"

    "I am only one, but I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do something. And because I can not do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do I should do. And what I should do, by the Grace of God, I will do."

    Edward Everett Hale

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    Outstanding post
    Stay safe, let's all go home.

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    Amazing post...
    May you rest in peace Daddy and may you never hurt again. I love you and miss you and can't wait to see you again.

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