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Where were you on September 11th, 2001? I still remember that day crystal clear in the back of my mind. The events of which I play over and over as I progress through my military life. I did not find out until the afternoon what had happened because my teachers felt that our parents should inform us of the incident. I was walking out to my car in my 11 year old shoes and went up to my moms door where she had the window rolled down. She was sobbing and listening to the radio. She explained to me what happened and then got out of the car to give me a hug…I started to cry as well.
10 years have elapsed since that dreadful day so many seasons ago. I still cry when I think of it and I have a hard time writing about this right now. I have fought for the families of the people that were lost in those terrorist attacks and I have helped kill taliban who would like nothing better then to do it all over again.
You do not kill Americans and get away with it, you do not fly planes into our buildings and destroy thousands of innocence without repercussions. We will hunt you down and we will destroy everyone of your evil souls. How many times do we read about terrorists attacks in Europe, whether it is a car bomb or what not and just shrug it off? It probably has to do with the fact that it never happens to us in America. We all lived safe normal lives…until that dreadful morning…they can attack us and kill us at home and they will. Do not forget about those people that died that day and do not forget about the soldiers that are still dying in Afghanistan because of that day.
“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail… I will not forget this wound to our country, or those who inflicted it. I will not yield – I will not rest – I will not relent in waging this struggle for the freedom and security of the American people.” -President George W. Bush
This question asked of me by one of my work associates has had me thinking. What good has come out of this country? Should we look at this question from a War on Terror point of view or strictly from a non biased neutral standpoint? I think that the answer is simple and many times overlooked. Afghanistan is a country, right? Well, yes and no. The actual country borders were put down on paper by the British some time in the late 1800’s, but does that mean that everyone within the borders looks at Afghanistan as a collective whole? Most likely not. To this day there are tribes of people that live in untouched valleys of Afghanistan. Untouched from corrupt governments, untouched from disgruntled Islamic extremists, and even better, untouched by the evil of materialism that has pierced every other corner of the world.
The best thing that has come out of Afghanistan cannot be described by a soldier brought up in the materialistic land of chaos and corruption, we call America. I do know however that if you asked someone that lived in one of those far away villages what the greatest thing is in their life they would say, peacefulness. A peacefulness that you cannot feel even in the quiet peaks of the Rocky Mountains. It is a peacefulness that has been around for thousands of years. It has out lived empires, wars, corrupt governments, and over-enthusiastic Islamic extremists. It is the peacefulness of a land untainted by civilization, infrastructure, and westernization. The land that these people live in is governed by respect for elders, respect for God, and respect for family.
Sounds pretty good to me, but I have to say the whole “no taxes” part probably is the best thing. But really folks if you can somehow get a grasp on how amazing that concept of peacefulness is you might want to look at purchasing some land over here. I hope that this makes you think about trying to make your life a little bit more peaceful.