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November 26, 2009

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People of courage and determination with an understanding of what history has taught us, namely that dictatorial leaders be they fascist, communist, or religious cannot be appeased, are what is needed to save western civilization. It is later than we think. We need to hear and listen to the Abizaids of the West. Thanks to you and your bloggers many are hearing the truth.

Excellent post, Sissy, glad you captured the Hillary/Abizaid "encounter." Regrets that we didn't know General Abizaid was in town!

We had a wonderful time last night at your sumptuous feast!! Many thanks!
http://misskelly.typepad.com/miss_kelly_/2006/11/sissys_sumptuou.html

Wonderful photos Sissy! Thank you for the mention and link. My husband considers General Abizaid one of the finest generals to come out of West Point in a long time. Also watch for Gen. Marty Dempsey, a classmate and good friend of my husband's at West Point.

Our son is gaining more insight into Iraq with every passing day. One thing he mentioned to me in his latest email is the following...

"You know how people get so mad about Halliburton and how they are "cheating" the government out of money and all that BS?

Well, now that I'm here that really annoys me. A lot of the things they do make it a lot more comfortable and better for soldiers to live here, plus safer. All that concrete they put up is a good thing, haven't seen any real need for so much yet but it's just a nice security blanket sort of to see it all around.

Plus, our latrines are like normal latrines (almost)like back home and we can get our pick of whatever food we want. All that stuff doesn't just magically float in.

There are a lot of civilian employees that go out and ride the roads in trucks that don't have the equipment the military has.

Sure, they are escorted and well protected by the military but I certainly think they should be paid well for what they do and I don't see how someone back there in the US could think, "well they are getting paid WAY too much because the price of this or the price of that is so much cheaper back in the US. Hah, big difference especially for those people."

A brief counterpoint to the claim of devastation to protect American lives -

from here: http://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/news/2006/10/qotw_everylife.html

and here: http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2006/06/of-fundamental-moral-principles-and.html

"Each of us is unique; not one of us can be replaced. Each of us has a family, loved ones, friends and a life that is a web of caring, interdependence, and joy. When even one of us is killed or horribly injured for no justifiable reason, the damage affects countless people in addition to the primary victim. Sometimes, the survivors are irreparably damaged as well. Even the survivors' wounds can last a lifetime.

This is of the greatest significance. There is nothing more important or meaningful in the world. No moral principle legitimizes our invasion and occupation of Iraq, just as it will not justify an attack on Iran. Therefore, when the first person was killed in Iraq as the result of our actions, the immorality was complete. The crime had been committed, and no amends could ever suffice or would even be possible. That many additional tens or hundreds of thousands of people have subsequently been killed or injured does not add to the original immorality with regard to first principles. It increases its scope, which is an additional and terrible horror -- but the principle is not altered in the smallest degree".

-- Arthur Silber; Of Fundamental Moral Principles, and the Value of a Single Human Life.

Photo: A man weeps as he holds the body of his son, wrapped in a blanket, at a hospital in Baquba October 6, 2006. The boy was killed in crossfire during a gun battle between insurgents and soldiers, witnesses in the area said. (AFP/Ali Yussef)


Excellent commentary Sis. With the aniversary of Tet '68 approaching I found President (that sounds good doesn't it) Bush's quote quite poignant."We'll succeed, unless we quit."
This Vietnam veteran thanks you and your friends on Thanksgiving.

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