Sunday, October 30, 2005

Freedom Is Not Free

A recently returned soldier from Washington state who served for 13 months in Iraq wrote a very compelling post on Thursday regarding the 2000th casualty in the War in Iraq.

Take it from our nation's fighting men and women: freedom is not a guaranteed birthright. In fact, most of the world's population will never know freedom in the sense that Americans do. So many people in this country take their plethora of rights for granted, for instance the right to practice your religion without fear of jail or persecution. In China and North Korea, if you are a Christian, you are rounded up and thrown into jail without a trial or so much as a chance to notify your family. Saudi Arabia has recently been called the "World's Worst Persecutor of Christians." This is a country that doesn't even allow women to drive!

Now there's no way we can possibly jump from country to country and do what we've done in Iraq. However, we can stay the course and ensure that yet another country is able to enjoy the freedoms that Americans take for granted every day. We may be able to leave Iraq soon, we may have to stay for a few more years. Whatever the case, when we do leave, we will know that what we have done is to spread freedom to a place that hadn't known it for quite a long time...

2 comments:

Heston said...

Preach it brother!

Tran Sient said...

Nice to find another blog that hasn't caved to all of the hype. Keep it up.