The Iraqi Sacrifice
Link: World Magazine AP News - Weekly News, Christian Views.
This morning I came on line to read the news and was confronted once again with the bad news coming out of Iraq as reported by our media. But I would like to take this opportunity to say that the media may be producing a poll that says whatever they say it says in order to give a negative spin on anything to do with the USA in Iraq, but the truth is that if a poll was taken asking the Iraqi people if they would rather govern themselves as opposed to living in fear of living as they wish, we may have received a different answer. ;-)
Well, the point of this post is to take a moment to remember those Iraqi's who gave their lives so that their country and people will remain free and self-governing. We are not talking about soldiers in a war either, though many police and police trainees have been killed in these cold blooded, murderous attacks on the citizens of these struggling nation, but we are talking women and children as well.
Today our President, for the first time that I have personally been aware of, made mention of this incredible sacrifice the Iraqi people have made for their country. He gave a number of 30,000 lives lost in this war; 30,000!! They have been blown apart, burned, kidnapped, beaten and raped, and terrorized in ways very few American citizens can imagine at all.
I know that there are far more people that support the war in Iraq than the news likes to be reminded of, but there needs to be even more support, because there are so many reasons why we should, the main one being that this people want to be free! We will not be there forever and we are not there in vain and most certainly for now the Iraqi people need us.
It is my prayer that those who have been so critical of our presence there will realize that they are doing a great deal of harm to the moral of the US military as well as the Iraqi people themselves.
Open note to the Iraqi people: Your sacrifice will not go unremembered or appreciated by the freedom loving people of your nation who will come after you, nor by people like me who understand that freedom is not free.