Something to think about

  1. I got this in my email, and thought it was definitely worth sharing. I was especially touched by the part about the USS Cole.

    The below was written by a U.S. serviceman.
    >14 September, 2001 12pm
    >Dear Americans,
    >When I opened my e-mail this morning I had about
    >twenty forwards of the article written by Gordon
    >Sinclair, the Canadian who so eloquently praised
    >the United States. What most of you do not realize is
    >that this commentary was written many years ago. Those
    >of us in the Military Service have known about it for
    >a long time. Now, Americans are flooding the net with
    >it as if it were new. It is not. When it was written
    >most Americans didn't read it, because most Americans
    >did not care.
    >The tragedy that befell all of us on September 11th
    >shocked America.
    >America no longer feels safe. Many of you have said,
    >"The government should have known! 30 Billion Dollars
    >is spent on intelligence! What about the
    >Just a reminder America, you voted our government
    >into office. For years you allowed some politicians
    >and twisted media to shape your ideas about the
    >defense of our nation. On September 11th, America had
    >the exact level of protection, both militarily and
    >intelligence, that it was willing to pay for.
    >Did any one ever watch CSPAN? Particularly when the
    >Heads of our Armed Services essentially begged YOUR
    >representatives to give the Military more money to
    >fight terrorism and maintain a strong defense? Did you
    >see the debates by the Heads of the Intelligence
    >Services that terrorism was the new threat and they
    >did not have the money to build the necessary
    >intelligence networks in the areas where terrorists
    >were being harbored? America must have been watching
    >one of the other 114 satellite channels.
    >The Military said: "We need more money to maintain
    >military readiness and Combat Training."
    >America Answerd : "What the Military needs is
    >Sensitivity Training! You're all sexist homophobes! I
    >saw it on the evening news!"
    >The Military said: "We need money to build ships,
    >planes, tanks, and improve our technology. America
    >still has credible threats throughout the world."
    >America Answered: "You're all part of a vast
    >right-wing conspiracy. There is no more Soviet Threat!
    >My Senator told me so! He/She says we do not need such
    >a big military!"
    >The Military said: "We need to recruit more Americans
    >into the military. We need to increase our force."
    >America Answered: "You're not taking my kids! We're
    >going to shut down the ROTC programs at our high
    >schools and universities, because you discriminate
    >against alternative lifestyles and women!"
    >The Military said: "We can't keep interfering in the
    >civil wars of small insignificant countries. It wastes
    >our time, our resources, decreases training, and
    >demoralizes our troops. We are warriors trying to
    >defend our nation, not the third world's police."
    >America Answered: "You heartless bastards! Can't you
    >see the tear in the eye of that starving child with
    >the flies on his face? Get Moving! This is what you're
    >paid to do!"
    >The Military Asked: "Why isn't America enraged over
    >the terrorist attack on the USS Cole that killed
    >seventeen AMERICAN Sailors?"
    >America Answered: "We don't have time right now! You
    >war mongers killed the poor innocent security guard in
    >Puerto Rico and we're already late for the protest
    >So, America, while you sit around your office coffee
    >pots and ask, "Why did those terrorists kill innocent
    >civilians? Why didn't they go after the Military?"
    >Remember this: They already did and America didn't
    >They realized that they needed to kill civilians, and
    >lots of them, before they could have their desired
    >reaction. Well, now they have it.
    >Please do not think this letter is meant to be
    >insulting. Many of my comrades in Arms have lost loved
    >ones in New York and Washington. The plane that
    >crashed in Somerset County, PA was not even thirty
    >miles from my daughter's public school in Johnstown.
    >We're just as angry, we're just as determined, and
    >we're ready to lay down our lives for the safety of
    >our great country, the freedoms all of us enjoy.
    >America, we are still here for you. We always have
    >What many of us ask is simple, print this letter and
    >save it. When this war is over, take this letter out
    >before every election and read it, remember the way
    >you felt on September 11th, 2001. Whether you are a
    >Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent; remember
    >Freedom is not Free. You DO have a responsibility as
    >an American to take part in your country's defense.
    >It's as simple as casting an educated vote.
    >If you wish to forward this, please do. But I
    >respectfully ask that you DO NOT edit it. DO NOT
    >change the date or try to take away the true
    >Thank you.
    >God Bless This Nation
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  3. by   realnursealso/LPN
    Thanks for sharing. My daughter and son in law are both in the United States Air Force. They have a wonderful, little boy, my grandson,Brandon. He needs to keep his mommy and daddy.
  4. by   nurs4kids
    good points made!