a soldier's letter

  1. received this in an email today.thought it was cute

    Subject: A soldiers letter

    The ending is the best part!!!

    An actual letter from home from a marine with the multinational force
    in Bosnia:

    Dear Dad,

    A funny thing happened to me yesterday at Camp Bondsteel (Bosnia):
    A French army officer walked up to me in the PX, and told me he thought
    we (Americans) were a bunch of cowboys and were going to provoke a war
    in Iraq.

    He said if such a thing happens, we wouldn't be able to count on the
    support of France.

    I told him that it didn't surprise me. Since we had come to France's
    rescue in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the Cold War, their
    ingratitude and jealousy was due to surface [again] at some point in
    the near future anyway.

    I also told him that is why France is a third-rate military power with
    a socialist economy and a bunch of pansies for soldiers.

    I additionally told him that America, being a nation of deeds and
    action, not words, would do whatever it had to do, and France's
    support, if it ever came, was only for show anyway.

    Just like in ALL NATO exercises, the US would shoulder 85% of the
    burden, and provide 85% of the support, as evidenced by the fact that
    this French officer was shopping in the American PX, and not the other
    way around.

    He began to get belligerent at that point, and I told him if he would
    like to, I would meet him outside in front of the Burger King and whip
    his ass in front of the entire Multi-National Brigade East, thus
    demonstrating that even the smallest American had more fight in him
    than the average Frenchman.

    He called me a barbarian cowboy and walked away in a huff. With friends
    like these, who needs enemies?

    Dad, tell Mom I love her,

    Your loving daughter,

    Mary Beth Johnson
    LtCol., USMC
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    OMG.. hubby and I both read it at the same time !!! I love it !

    edited to say that my Son is entering the Marines so this I will forward to him.. thanks.
    Last edit by mkue on Feb 15, '03
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am so sorry. These are not simple relationships. We need people to understand our opinions. Does threatened fighting do this?

    My Father never got in a fight.
    My husband and son have never been in fights.
    My kids went to school with crips and bloods who they made small talk with.
    Should they have fought them?
    Even when nasty insults about me, their mother, they did not fight.

    My wonderful mother taught me as did my friend, Ida, "Use your words. Don't push the other kid down just because you are bigger."

    Are the French and all who disagree to be beat up?
    Do we have the right to bomb the world?
    Si what about China? Russia?
    Do we start WWIII?

    Only in self defence.
  5. by   Q.
    Loved it. How true!
  6. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by spacenurse

    Do we start WWIII?

    Only in self defence.

    No, we sit back and talk..we should do NOTHING in self defense. While we're talking...who will be digging our dead from beneath the next terrorist attack? We've talked to SH for over 10 years now...and for over 10yrs, he's talked..smiled..shook our hands..and continued to build and plot weapons and plans for our demise. I just pray that while you're sitting at the negotiation table in the next ten years, that someone isn't digging your child, your mother, your father, your sibling, your spouse..from under the crumbled remains of one of SH's smiling plans.

    I'm not a fighter either. My kids don't fight..they are taught to talk out differences. HOWEVER, they are also taught that fighting for survivial IS a last resort. Doesn't do a whole lot of good to talk if the person holding the gun to your head is deaf to your words.

    p.s. I thought the email was humorous irony. Was not my intent to encourage fighting. I thought others would enjoy the email as I did..
    and obviously they did!
  7. by   rncountry
    It's funny that you posted this Tracy. I had planned on going to a peace rally today and so did my oldest son. I decided not to go because I really believe it to be a useless exercise based on the unreality that weapons inspectors are going to manage to do anything, and that is all the UN has given us. Hadn't talked to my son about it, and he was supposed to be home around noon for us to go. Instead he called about 11:30 and told me he wouldn't be going. I figured it was because he had been out late and didn't feel like it, or because the wind chill is again below 0, but no, this is what he told me.
    "The Freaking French! How convientantly they forget history! Not only that if it wasn't for the fact that they asked for our help in Vietnam we probably wouldn't have gone there in the first place. Then just because they are who they are, they leave us there to fight what they started in the first place! (He's as up on history as I am, imagine that ) Basicly he felt that since we have been left alone, then we are going to do what has to be done. Didn't feel the need to go to a Peace Rally because of it.

    Spacenurse, I have always taught my children not to fight. But if they are hit first they have every right to hit back. My oldest has been in one fist fight. A boy at school threatened my daughter, grabbing her arm at a school dance. Why? Because this boy had been threatening my son repeatedly and Ray would simply walk away as he had been taught to do. So this kid went after my daughter instead. The dance was a Friday night. On Monday morning I got a phone call that I knew was the school before I answered it. 10 minutes after 8. The school informed me that my son had been in a fight and I needed to come get him since he was now suspended. I knew what had happened before the principal could tell me. I talked to Ray on the phone and I asked only two questions. Was he hurt and did he win. When I got to the school I was informed that my son had hit the other boy to the point that both of his eyes were swelled shut and a tooth knocked out. I informed the principal that had the school done something, anything, 6 months earlier about the situation than it would never have come to this in the first place, but that they had chosen to ignore the situation. The pricipal then informed me that my son was suspended for 5 days. My response was, well, deer season starts tomorrow, guess he'll have plenty of time to hunt. And we left.
    None of my children have ever had a problem with a bully again. The boy who caused the problem to begin with ended up in juvenile boot camp for drug possession. My son is in his Freshman year of college. Sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself, especially when the powers that be won't.
  8. by   nurs4kids
    LOL, helen! You sound just like my mother. I got in one fight when I was in the 9th grade. This girl jumped me on the bus..from behind. Basically, she beat the crap out of me..I couldn't even reach her (she was on my back) to get a lick in. The next morning, when my Mom came to pick me up from school, she argued with the principal..stating that I never hit the girl even once. Well, they gave her the "we have to suspend all involved" story. Her comment, "In that case, perhaps I should teach my kids be more aggressive and fight rather than attempt to maintain peace..".



    I'd like to say one more thing. As for a peace rally. I think we all want peace. Anyone who wants war for the simple reason of killing is barbaric. I don't want war, but moreso, I don't want OSL or SH terrorizing my kids their entire lives.
    Last edit by nurs4kids on Feb 15, '03
  9. by   oramar
    That is a very well written letter. There is something about it that makes me feel like it is bogus. Maybe a composite of several other real letters written expressing similar ideas. When I see Col. Johnson on Larry King with her parents I will believe it is real.
  10. by   nurs4kids
    Yanno, oramar..
    i had that same thought..kinda like i'd read it before..??
  11. by   SharonH, RN
    Funny letter. I don't agree with the sentiment expressed but I can appreciate the humor all the same.
  12. by   fergus51
    Cute. I bet I could kick a frenchman's butt too.
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  14. by   Nurse Izzy
    I figured it wasn't real, but it's very humorous all the same - the irony is fitting!

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