Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Posted by Mark on August 23, 2004

From the New York Times, of all Places

Must’ve slipped through their censors.

Great piece by a Helo pilot in Iraq. Love the ending:

When critics of the war say their advocacy is on behalf of those of us risking

our lives here, it’s a type of false patriotism. I believe that when Americans

say they “support our troops,” it should include supporting our mission, not

just sending us care packages. They don’t have to believe in the cause as I do;

but they should not denigrate it. That only aids the enemy in defeating us

strategically.

Michael Moore recently asked Bill O’Reilly if he would

sacrifice his son for Falluja. A clever rhetorical device, but it’s the wrong

question: this war is about Des Moines, not Falluja. This country is breeding

and attracting militants who are all eager to grab box cutters, dirty bombs,

suicide vests or biological weapons, and then come fight us in Chicago, Santa

Monica or Long Island. Falluja, in fact, was very close to becoming a city our

forces could have controlled, and then given new schools and sewers and

hospitals, before we pulled back in the spring. Now, essentially ignored, it has

become a Taliban-like state of Islamic extremism, a terrorist safe haven. We

must not let the same fate befall Najaf or Ramadi or the rest of Iraq.



No, I would not sacrifice myself, my parents would not sacrifice me, and President

Bush would not sacrifice a single marine or soldier simply for Falluja. Rather,

that symbolic city is but one step toward a free and democratic Iraq, which is

one step closer to a more safe and secure America.

I miss my family, my

friends and my country, but right now there is nowhere else I’d rather be. I am

a United States Marine.

Glen G. Butler is a major in the Marines.

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