Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some must go to fight the Dragons.....

I am writing this blog from the midst of Helmand Province, Afghanistan at Camp Leatherneck. The casual observer will note that the relation of the facts here and what is put out via the " Established Media" are two vastly different things.

I recently ordered a book titled " The Blogs of War" which is an account of War Blogs from Iraq & Afghanistan. war Blogs have provided an avenue of unfettered information on what happened here and in Iraq since 2001.

The book starts with Chapter 1, titled " Some Must Go To Fight the Dragons". It is a perfect metaphor as in our country, only some go and fight the Dragons. The rest sit in comfort and watch the effort from the sidelines while some political types try to adjust the battle from the far side of the world with a 7500 mile long screw driver....

Either way, the account is a must-read to give the reader a greater sense of what it is like to be under fire on the field of battle and what our warriors go through.

As part of the book, the author quotes a famous speech given by the Athenian leader Pericles after the first battles of the Peloponnesian war. We need to ensure that our country remembers why we have Freedom in this day - It is because " Some Must Go Fight The Dragons..."

I am humbled to be among those who have gone & fought the Dragons. My present status is acting in prime support of the Dragon-Fighters, and I share the AOR with them each day.....it is a singular privilege and one of the great perks here.....to be among such great Men & Women each day.

A quote from Pericles' Funeral Oration

" I would have you day by day fix your eyes upon the greatness of Athens, until you become filled with the love of her; and when you are impressed by the spectacle of her glory, reflect that this empire has been acquired by men who knew their duty and had the courage to do it, who in the hour of conflict had the fear of dishonor always present to them, and who, if ever they failed in an enterprise, would not allow their virtues to be lost to their country, but freely gave their lives to her as the fairest offering which they could present at her feast.

The sacrifice which they collectively made was individually repaid to them; for they received again each one for himself a praise which grows not old, and the noblest of all tombs, I speak not of that in which their remains are laid, but of that in which their glory survives, and is proclaimed always and on every fitting occasion both in word and deed. For the whole earth is the tomb of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions in their own country, but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men. "

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