a marines view

  1. "DO NOT FORGET"

    I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List," asked myself, "Why
    didn't the Jews fight back?"

    Now I know why.

    I sat in a movie theater, watching "Pearl Harbor" and asked myself, "Why
    weren't we prepared?"

    Now I know why.

    Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil
    people.

    On September 11, dozens of capable airplane passengers allowed themselves
    to be overpowered by a handful of poorly armed terrorists because they did
    not comprehend the depth of hatred that motivated their captors.

    On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because too
    many Americans naively reject the reality that some nations are dedicated
    to the dominance of others. Many political pundits, pacifists and media
    personnel want us to forget the carnage. They say we must focus on the
    bravery of the rescuers and ignore the cowardice of the killers. They
    implore us to understand the motivation of the perpetrators. Major
    television stations have announced they will assist the healing process
    by not replaying devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Twin
    Towers.

    I will not be manipulated.

    I will not pretend to understand.

    I will not forget.

    I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the press to
    kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting.

    I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President Bush's
    address to the nation with the snide remark, "No matter how you feel about
    him, he is still our president."

    I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned President
    Bush's motives for not returning immediately to Washington, DC and
    commented, "We're all pretty skeptical and cynical about Washington."

    And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if reporters weren't
    informed of every little detail of this war, they aren't "likely -- nor
    should they be expected -- to show deference."

    I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an attack
    on the USS Cole in Yemen was not an attack on the United States of
    America.

    I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic terrorists
    and their supporters with the world's most sophisticated
    telecommunications equipment and encryption technology, thereby
    compromising America's ability to trace terrorist radio, cell phone, land
    lines, faxes and modem communications.

    I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory strikes like
    those perfected by the previous administration.

    I will not be comforted by "feel-good, do nothing" regulations like the
    silly "Have your bags been under your control?" question at the airport.

    I will not be influenced by so called,"antiwar demonstrators" who exploit
    the right of expression to chant anti-American obscenities.

    I will not forget the moral victory handed the North Vietnamese by
    American war protesters who reviled and spat upon the returning soldiers,
    airmen, sailors and Marines.

    I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose
    reassurance over reality.

    I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who told Labor
    Party conference, "They have no moral inhibition on the slaughter of the
    innocent. If they could have murdered not 7,000 but 70,000, does anyone
    doubt they would have done so and rejoiced in it?

    There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of minds, no
    point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: defeat it or be
    defeated by it. And defeat it we must!"

    I will force myself to:


    -hear the weeping
    -feel the helplessness
    -imagine the terror
    -sense the panic
    -smell the burning flesh
    - experience the loss
    - remember the hatred.

    I sat in a movie theater, watching "Private Ryan" and asked myself, "Where
    did they find the courage?"

    Now I know.

    We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.

    -- Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
    Not as lean, Not as mean, But still a Marine.

    Keep this going until every living American has read it and memorized it
    so we don't make the same mistake again. i thought this was good.
    Last edit by tiger on Sep 5, '02
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)......to you I say "SEMPER FI"!!! :kiss
  4. by   mario_ragucci
    And I'll never forget the day nancy Reagan came to camp lejuene to weep for the american marines killed because her husband and associates got too overt with their covert dealings with terrorists. As a Marine, i was angry that our country did not seek revenge for the suicide bombing at the Marine Barracks in Beruit. When i learned the reason we let it go was because some shady men were trying to finance more war, I became angrier still.
    The sea of liberty is never without a ripple, so don't paint it as some lazy river that is stagnated in nationalism. Americans will call a farse when a farse needs to be called. And Marines will defend the farse makers just the same. It's what we do. We defend. And sometimes we aggress. First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean...not dumped on. :-(
  5. by   CATHYW
    Formerly active (and always, By G*d!) Marine Evans:

    I agree with every word that you said, including the movies that you viewed. I've tried to express to some of the younger members of our board that there are people in America who feel exactly as you and I do, and that is the reason we are able to live as we do in America. That is the reason that we can debate freely on this board, too:
    Men and women, who felt exactly as you, and had the fervor to protect all that we hold important, fought and died for ALL of us. That is so that Americans can be free, and that we would not have to live under the influence or ideology of any other nation.
    It also means that our country is free for dissidents to speak their minds. Although, at times, their thoughts seem ill-advised, it is their right as Americans.
    Thank you from me, and my family, for your service, and that of your brothers and sisters in the military. What you have done, over the years, allows us to do what we are doing today!
    May God bless you!

    BTW, my oldest stepson was a Marine, and returned to the US 2 weeks before the bombing of the barracks in Beirut. He stayed in those same barracks. He is four-square behind Dubya!
    Last edit by CATHYW on Sep 5, '02
  6. by   stressedlpn
    thank you for sharing it brought tears to my eyes and Cathy you do reach at least this younger generation person, I have never lived through war as yall have I can only hope that we learn from the past. Any military vet is my hero.
  7. by   renerian
    Let me share with you my horror with my stepchildren. I used to try to connect with them. I have lived through terrible things they have done to me and my possessions but nothing prepared me for what they said to me last night.

    My stepchildren are 20, 18 and 15. The topic came up of a possible war with Iraq. I don't want to go to war with Iraq. I would like to try other options. I told them if that were to happen they may be called to service if the draft was inacted. I myself tried to enlist as a military RN but was told I was to old-after 9/11. Anyway, all three said they would run to Canada. They said they have no loyalty to our country, no loyalty to anyone and they said they had no choice in where they lived. I quickly pointed out that after they were18 they were free to move to another country if they did not like it here. They proceeded to tell me that they felt no sympathy for the people who were killed on 9/11. They felt it was not horrible to mankind. I was sick. I am so ashamed to say they live in my home. I told them they would be cowards if our country needed them and they ran. They also told me that my fathers and their grandfathers service to our country during WW2 was a waste of their time and a joke. I wanted to spit in their faces. I have not spoken to any of them, nor do I plan to.

    I would like to know if others are as offended by the conversation as I was..........

    Disgusted in Ohio,

    renerian
  8. by   prn nurse
    In your statements:

    "I told them.............................................. ............"

    and

    "I pointed out............................................... ......"

    Don't you think you were provoking a response?

    Don't you think you were pushing their buttons?????
  9. by   renerian
    when I said I told them I meant we were conversing......instead of I said,,,,,,which is what I did I was relaying my part of the conversation........

    do you have children? I have 5.

    renerian
  10. by   renerian
    I am simply trying to find out why these children , who are not mine by the way but they live with me, do not feel some sadness for all those people who were killed? I also imparted our freedom comes with a cost and God BLEss all the people who protect us every day.........

    renerian
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by renerian
    ....I would like to know if others are as offended by the conversation as I was..........

    Disgusted in Ohio,

    renerian
    This fellow Buckeye is disgusted also. How incredibly sad.
  12. by   Glad2behere
    Glory, Glory Hallelujeh
  13. by   CATHYW
    Renerian, do you thnk they were just pulling your chain, to get at you? I know my stepdaughter would've done that, if she thought it would aggravate me.

    Are these kids so apathetic in all things? Do you think it is indicative of what they are really like? I find it difficult to believe that they feel no connection at all with the victims of 9/11! Surely the sight of human suffering (especially of people not far from where they live!), affects them in SOME way!
  14. by   renerian
    Kathy no they really feel that way. They keep saying this fuss over 9/11 is a waste of time. They can't see why people care, after all it has been a year. I don't get them.

    LVegas RN you like the buckeyes? Did you used to live here? I am a wolverine surrounded by buckeyes!!

    renerian

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