November 11, 2013
Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum
I don't think I've actually viewed Veteran's Day quite as I do today. I've always had a sentimental, patriotic notion of this day. I've loved the flag-waving and the fact that our nation officially stops and recognizes the sacrifices that our veterans have made on our behalf and for the cause of freedom.
I now realize that, in today's world, that is probably naive and a misperception. Because how many people actually give pause during this day and contemplate ... I mean, really consider ... what a veteran experiences during his service? Why he steps away from this self-absorbed culture and stands between us and the evils of war?
As I read more and more about the negative pressure coming against our vets, I wonder how much longer we can expect our young men to continue to volunteer to face death in our stead. I know there will always be those who are warriors at heart; who bleed red, white, and blue, and will step up to defend Good against Evil, no matter what the price. I am in awe of these men.
So I have to tell you that it really pisses me off to read the increasing reports of changes in the military that only seem to demoralize and divide our servicemen and women. There are actually training manuals that advocate diversity training for the military because white males have an “unfair advantage” compared to other races; or that Christians should be lumped in with jihadists as "extreme radicals". You have to ask yourself, "What is the real purpose behind these alienating policies? Is it to create a more unified, cohesive fighting force? Or is to divide and tear apart the greatest fighting force from within?
Through our work with the Fisher Foundation, PLW and I have seen the personal effects of our latest efforts to maintain peace through war, and it has cost this nation dearly. For the last 12 years, our young men and women have paid a tremendous price for standing in the gap. They are tired; underpaid and overburdened. Yet their dedication and loyalty to our country never seems to waver. Don't they deserve better from us and from their leaders?
This world is changing fast and there will be more Benghazi's; and yes, more devastating events like September 11th. If we are to survive as a nation, we must build up our military, not tear it down. Our veterans deserve the very best that we have to offer them; and that includes equipment, training, support and leadership. The old Latin adage is as accurate today as it was centuries ago. Peace doesn't just happen. Capitulating to your enemy only gives them more power over you. We must always be ready to defend against those who wish to impose their power on us. If you want peace, prepare for war. Thank you, Veterans, for being ready and willing to make those vital preparations. I am one grateful American.
Ezekiel 38:7 “Be ready and keep ready, you and all your hosts that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them."