Sgt Hook has posted an open letter from a Sergeant in the 101st ABN to the American people, dare I say the World. It is required reading. Like Hook, I’ve never met this lad and doubt I ever will. On the off chance I do, the beer is on me for as long as he’s vertical.
Sergeant, because you “Get it” so clearly and you are based in Kentucky, here’s your Half Horse – Half Gator brother.
Now, reprinted from Sgt. Hook, read this:
Be my voice. I want this message heard. It is mine and my platoonâ€™s to the country. A man I know lost his legs the other night. He is in another company in our batallion. I can no longer be silent after watching the sacrifices made by Iraqis and Americans everyday.Send it to a congressman if you have to. Send it to FOX news if you have to. Let this message be heard pleaseâ€¦
My fellow Americans, I have a task for those with the courage and fortitude to take it. I have a message that needs not fall on deaf ears. A vision the blind need to see. I am not a political man nor one with great wisdom. I am just a soldier who finds himself helping rebuild a country that he helped liberate a couple years ago.
I have watched on television how the American public questions why their mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters are fighting and dying in a country 9000 miles away from their own soil. Take the word of a soldier, for that is all I am, that our cause is a noble one. The reason we are here is one worth fighting for. A cause that has been the most costly and sought after cause in our small span of existence on our little planet. Bought in blood and paid for by those brave enough to give the ultimate sacrifice to obtain it. A right that is given to every man, woman, and child I believe by God. I am talking of freedom.
Freedom. One word but yet countless words could never capture itâ€™s true meaning or power. â€œFor those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know.â€ I read that once and it couldnâ€™t be more true. Itâ€™s not the average Americanâ€™s fault that he or she is â€œblind and deafâ€ to the taste of freedom. Most Americanâ€™s are born into their God given right so it is all they ever know. I was once one of them. I would even dare to say that it isnâ€™t surprising that they take for granted what they have had all their life. My experiences in the military however opened my eyes to the truth.
Ironically you will find the biggest outcries of opposition to our cause from those who have had no military experience and havenâ€™t had to fight for freedom. I challenge all of those who are daring enough to question such a noble cause to come here for just a month and see it first hand. I have a feeling that many voices would be silenced.
I watched Cindy Sheehan sit on the Presidentâ€™s lawn and say that America isnâ€™t worth dying for. Later she corrected herself and said Iraq isnâ€™t worth dying for. She badmouthed all that her son had fought and died for. I bet he is rolling over in his grave.
Ladies and gentleman I ask you this. What if you lived in a country that wasnâ€™t free? What if someone told you when you could have heat, electricity, and water? What if you had no sewage systems so human waste flowed into the streets? What if someone would kill you for bad-mouthing your government? What if you werenâ€™t allowed to watch TV, connect to the internet, or have cell phones unless under extreme censorship? What if you couldnâ€™t put shoes on your childâ€™s feet?
You need not to have a great understanding of the world but rather common sense to realize that it is our duty as HUMAN BEINGS to free the oppressed. If you lived that way would you not want someone to help you????
The Iraqiâ€™s pour into the streets to wave at us and when we liberated the cities during the war they gathered in the thousands to cheer, hug and kiss us. It was what the soldierâ€™s in WW2 experienced, yet no one questioned their cause!! Saddam was no better than Hitler! He tortured and killed thousands of innocent people. We are heroes over here, yet Americanâ€™s badmouth our President for having us here.
Every police station here has a dozen or more memorials for officers that were murdered trying to ensure that their people live free. These are husbands, fathers, and sons killed every day. What if it were your country? What would your choice be? Everything we fight for is worth the blood that may be shed. The media never reports the true HEROISM I witness everyday in the Iraqiâ€™s. Yes there are bad oneâ€™s here, but I assure you they are a minuscule percent. Yet they are a number big enough to cause worry in this countryâ€™s future.
I have watched brave souls give their all and lose thier lives and limbs for this cause. I will no longer stand silent and let the â€œdeaf and blindâ€ be the only voice shouting. Stonewall Jackson once said, â€œAll that I have, all that I am is at the service of the country.â€ For these brave souls who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including your son Cindy Sheehan, I will shout till I can no longer. These men and women are heroes. Their spirit lives on in their military and they will never be forgotten. They did not die in vain but rather for a cause that is larger than all of us.
My fellow countrymen and women, we are not overseas for our country alone but also another. We are here to spread democracy and freedom to those who KNOW the true taste of it because they fight for it everyday. You can see the desire in their eyes and I am honored to fight alongside them as an Infantryman in the 101st Airborne.
Freedom is not free, but yet it is everyoneâ€™s right to have. Ironic isnâ€™t it? That is why we are here. Though you will always have the skeptics, I know that most of our military will agree with this message. Please, at the request of this soldier spread this message to all you know. We are in Operation Iraqi Freedom and that is our goal. It is a cause that I and thousands of others stand ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice for because, Cindy Sheehan, freedom is worth dying for, no matter what country it is! And after the world is free only then can we hope to have peace.
SGT XXX and 1st Platoon
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)