A year later
I wrote this last year, and never “published” it. Our son is now home and ran for cover last night when someone set off some sort of sky-rocket fireworks. It caught him by surprise and he did what he was trained to do. Sigh. I’m publishing this – not so much for the Civil War reference but for the war topic in general. As the Charlie Daniels song says, “Let ‘em win, or bring ‘em home.” Amen.
150 years ago
I have noticed that my blogs are tending towards military & political lately. That is probably because that is where my head is most often these days, with my heart being in Afghanistan with our son. I promise I will get back to the organizing and life changing ideas and topics. This week, however HAS to be military oriented as we are BIG Civil War buffs and the 150th anniversary is all the news.
So, my question is – when will it stop? Let’s take a look…
War of 1812
Spanish American War
World War 1 (The war to end all wars – too bad it didn’t, sigh)
World War 2
Bay of Pigs
Vietnam (My dad was in this one)
(4 “Conflicts” – Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama)
Gulf War 1991 (I cried when a coworker went off to fight – and when a classmate lost his life)
I am not an advocate of war. I understand sometimes war is a necessary evil, but I also read somewhere that war means money. It pains me to think of the losses of our soldiers and the devastation to their families. I pray without ceasing that our son comes home safely and healthy (in mind, body & spirit), and that God will protect him, and those with him – and all our soldiers in harms way. When will it stop? Are we destined to be a country at war? I don’t know the answer – I am not a politician, I don’t know the ins and outs of government and conflicts. I do know that most people in this country yearn for peace. Is it attainable? I don’t know. Can we just pull out of the Middle East and leave them to annihilate themselves? Yeah, but that doesn’t mean they won’t come after the US again. Can we go in and bomb everybody/thing and just be done with it – sure, but that brings humanitarian issues of harming the civilians. Which, we don’t want to do (but oh, don’t get me started on the Rules of Engagement).
So, while we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, let us remember all the soldiers from all the wars, past & present, and thank them for their sacrifice to our country.
I am often reminded of that song from my childhood… Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…