Give Vets A Holiday Hug



The ragtag army of the Taliban. They speak so staunchly yet with bravura, in a bold attempt to display daring. Their action we have seen on the screens of some millions of television sets around the world. We have seen their public executions, or should I say murder? The weak and innocent, the ignorant and benign. The Mohammedan world has not been an inspiration to America; they say one good word, then squash it in contempt. It is plain that we "Americans," in order to save our democracy and our way of life, must be vigilant.

We have seen how they are teaching the young, we have seen the actions of the so-called ... suicidal bombers, who have been taught (that their) self destruction ... will lead to immortality, and they are standing in line. I never have had bad or intentional hate for them. I'm sure many are good and honorable people, yet many of them say they love America but they hate our government. I can't see nor understand exactly what they mean by that.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. After the horrific events of Sept. 11, the searing focal point is that the security we relied on for decades is no longer sufficient ...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, president of the United States, (said this the night before he died in April of 1945): "Today this nation is playing a tremendous part in the battle for the rights of man all over the world. Today we have learned in the agony of war that great power involves great responsibility. Today we are faced with the pre-eminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships, the ability for all people of all kinds, to live together and work together, in the same world at peace. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."

Today we have American troops scattered in many parts of the world, special forces, airborne troops, and ... Marines who landed in Afghanistan. We send out thanks and prayers to all our military forces, wherever they are. For the holidays, give a veteran a hug.

Lawrence D. Okendo


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