Forward thoughts by me.
This memorial day I wanted us all to think a little bit beyond the tribute given to many of us to those who have fallen in battle and made the supreme sacrafice for our nation. So, I turned to decorated war veteran and co-founder of Vets for Freedom, David Bellavia.
I asked him if he could pen something for us all to think about now, which would apply to those who are living and currently on the front lines everyday. The response is a piece which he wrote exclusively for us, but which we want to share to all.
Supporting our men and women in combat todayÂ and honoring their sacrafice means far more than just providing them health care at home. It means supporting the mission and working with them toward victory.
Something to think about.
Arena of Ideas.
The Agony of Defeatism
By David Bellavia
As of September 2006 “leaked” Marine reports to the media had all but confirmed that Anbar province was “lost” and this ushered in the final push for ending the war once and for all on every Washington based cable talk show. Last week, Time magazine reported that the “surge” had already rapidly reduced violent attacks in the “lost” Anbar province. While American forces reach out to tribal leaders and ignore religious figure heads, they are quickly opening the biggest front to date for our al Qaeda enemy in Iraq.
The people of Iraq are tired of the mindless brutality of Jihadists.
More evidence of this occurred just this weekend when an Iraqi tip resulted in the liberation of forty-two prisoners from an al Qaeda torture camp in the eastern Diyala province. Thirty-eight of these men who were tortured for over four horrific months were Sunni, not Sadr loving Shiia.
Al Qaeda can continue to hack at the infidels of Sadr City to stoke the fires of sectarian violence, but they would rather turn the hate machine onto their own. Why? Islamists have not run out of targets to prey on, instead they are daily losing tribal support that made this insurgency so devastating in 2004. This is the formula that leads Jihadists in Iraq to eat their own. The Jihad in Iraq has more problems than Tony Soprano.
June will be the first month that the “surge” will have all five brigades up and running. Surely flag waving government servants in Washington can’t wait to see success in Iraq after four bloody years. Surely.
Not really. Leftists have long bowed down to those that they serve. Nothing that happens in Iraq will change that. But in the spirit that brought Iran and the U.S. to the table after twenty-seven long years of icy silence, perhaps blue and red staters can light some candles and get a baby sitter.
At my local Home Depot a woman with a “Bush’s Illegal War Creates More Terrorists” bumper sticker wished me a Happy Memorial Day after seeing my Iraqi flag pin on my golf shirt. I thanked her for her kindness but I instantly pitied her ignorance.Â She has no idea what Memorial Day is about.
Thank me on Veteran’s Day. Memorial Day is something far more holy. And if our citizens against this struggle can’t comprehend this, what makes you think they will acknowledge victory at any level in Iraq? Or Afghanistan?
Those that oppose our war think that supporting our troops equate to care packages stuffed with tube socks and ribbon magnets made in China. They think that collecting letters from elementary schools will erase the Karma of voting against the emergency appropriations bill.
As long as people like Speaker Pelosi and John Murtha, Harry Reid and Chuck Hagel look us into the television and tell us with a straight face that they are needed to save American warriors from the enemy, we are without hope of common ground.
The warriors of America need nothing but purpose and direction to deliver results on the battlefield. This surge has finally given our men and women these two in perfect concert and no matter what happens by September 2007, we will be told we have wasted our blood and our brothers in vain.
We are closer to victory today than at any other time during this struggle. Imagine what could be accomplished if we all shared a passion to win the wars we send our youth to fight. Perhaps then America might be important enough to all her citizens, as it was to those whom we celebrate on the last Monday in May.
David Bellavia’s first book: House to House, An Epic Memoir of War comes out September 2007 from Simon and Schuster/Free Press.