Monday, November 13, 2006

Don't Close Your Blinds

Weekend In Box

The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war ..My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation. My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window.

He said "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

"I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses."
he replied.

"OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush."

Our son giggled and said "OK."

"Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said.

"OK Dad, I'm pretending."

"Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and pretend you see Saddam come out of his house with his wife, he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are screaming and crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and they are afraid of their father. You see all of this, son....what do you do?"


" What do you do son?"

"I'd call the police, Dad."

"OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations. They take your call. They listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?"

"Dad.......... but the police are supposed to help!"

My son starts to whine.

"They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says.

"But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims.

"I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children."

"Daddy...he kills them?"

"Yes son, he does. What do you do?"

"Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.

"Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

"But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"

"WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry.

"OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him.

He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?"

"What Daddy?"

"He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"


"WHAT DO YOU DO?" Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I'd close the blinds, Daddy."

My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him. "Why?"

"Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help people who needs them...and they won't help.... You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either...they won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself Daddy.....I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things'm just going to close the blinds.... so I can't see what he's doing........and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."

I start to cry. My husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husband's questions and he says... "Son"

"Yes, Daddy."

"Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door... "WHAT DO YOU DO?"

My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: " I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"

I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs our son to his chest and hugs him tight, and says... " It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife, and his children and the old lady across the way .

You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before its too late" my husband whispers. THAT scenario I just gave you is WHY we are at war with Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen son, THAT is the greatest atrocity in the world. "YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT


GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!

Fw'd From:
Steven R Chandler, CMSgt

332 ELRS/Vehicle Management

Flight Balad Air Base, Iraq


Anonymous said...

I stand here in my house and I look over at yours.

I see you giving Saddam money and support to attack his neighbour Iran.

I see you making up stories to link him to the terrorist down the street who blew up your letterbox.

I see you making up lies about him actually developing weapons to blow up the whole block.

Even worse, I see you taking people you think may be involved in blowing up your letterbox and torturing them.

I see that in your urge to do what you think is right you have become the monster you tried to destroy.

Thankfully, I see that your house (actually both of them) is under new ownership.

Mark said...

As TIME first reported in June 2005, Qahtani underwent a "special interrogation plan," personally approved by Rumsfeld, which the U.S. says produced valuable intelligence. But to obtain it, according to the log of his interrogation and government reports, Qahtani was subjected to forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and other controversial interrogation techniques.

Wow, how dare us use such horrible techniques inorder to save lives!

No offense ebsfwan, Foreign Policy has always been based on self interests. Is that really news to you? Your accusations are unfounded, typical cries often heard from Socialist thinking people all to willing to toss stones at the hand that protects them.

I am glad you personally live across the 'street', we have enough relative thinking cowards no longer willing to make a stand on Right and Wrong. Lucky for you, your house at present, still stands.

Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong Mark. I think America is a great nation. Without America we would all be speaking German or Russian.It is the leader of the free world and I personally am really grateful that it has been such an inspiring symbol of hope and freedom.

In the past I've been called an American fanboy by my friends. I guess this is why I'm so disappointed lately. Your current leader seems to have gone against all the values that America holds so dear.

I question the course America has been taking. That does not mean that I do not respect or admire America and Americans.

Sometimes even the good can go wrong. If we stay quiet when we see wrong then what does that make us? Isn't that your whole point with the gay marriage issue. You think it is wrong so you speak against it.

Does this mean I think you are evil? No. I respect you and your beliefs. Do I agree with you all the time? Hell no. But on many points we can agree. Sometimes we can disagree. If we can't question things then how can we convince each other that our positions are valid?

Mark said...

"This issue (the elections) is not a purely domestic issue for America, but it is the defeat of Bush’s hawkish policies in the world," said Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in remarks reported by Iran’s student news agency today. "Since Washington’s hostile and hawkish policies have always been against the Iranian nation, this defeat is actually an obvious victory for the Iranian nation."


Mark said...

looks like ebsfwan and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are on the same street.

Mark said...

ebsfwan says
Thankfully, I see that your house (actually both of them) is under new ownership.

you one of those people that believe the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere is because the right people haven’t been in charge.

Stephen said...

The hawks have much to answer for in history. They have intentionally exacerbated ethnic conflicts for their own gains, feeding fuel to the fire with weapons. Americans are not the only ones, all countries have done this. What annoys me is that most of us have stopped this and are genuinely repentant for it.

Mark, the world is not divided into “the good guys” and “the communists” anymore. What you think of as “socialism” has been largely abandoned as an ideological experiment.

However, in your fervor to extol the virtues of the libertarian mindset, you close yourself off to other possibilities. Yes, individual rights are important, but Jesus was very clear in His support for social responsibility and for looking after the least in society. I pay high taxes in New Zealand, but I do so with pleasure knowing that people I don’t know are getting free medical treatment and my money is achieving some good. New Zealand is considered to be something of a socialist society and I have never been so proud of a country than I am of New Zealand.

The Jesus I follow healed the ear of one of His captors and would not let his disciples raise a hand to defend him. The Jesus I follow preached that we should turn the other cheek. The Jesus I follow said that if we want to keep our lives we should give them up, if we want to be great we should be servants.

I would rather die side-by-side with Jesus and Ghandi than live alongside those who use fear and aggression to seek their own “security”.

jas said...

what does he do when he sees Kim Jhong Il with a nuke?

Josiah said...

You seem to forget that the fact that we invaded Iraq had NOTHING to do with how Sadaam treated his country. If the government was really so worried about things like that, we'd have troops in Darfur.

Mark said...

I disagree. It was very much a part of the reason. Darfur is the secular progressive's media daring at the moment. Africa is filled with "Darfur's"!

what about it? You also seem to have have bought into this secular progressive bullshit. Nuclear bomb you ask? Destory it before it does us! Got a problem with that? Should we have the United Nations or a World Govt. approve it first, in your opinion?


Josiah said...

And the Middle East is filled with Iraqs, Mark. It doesn't matter how many there are if, as this article claims, America declares war on what it believes is the right thing to do.

Attacking North Korea in such a straightforward path would be catastrophic. It would be the miniature equivalent of attacking Russia in the Cold War. There's a reason North Korea is declaring these weapons instead of just using them. It's just acting to the world like some juvenile little punk that wants to prove that he's a big man because he can hold a gun. America needs to send a clear warning for what happens if North Korea decides to attack us. The time to attack may come, but not right now. Blowing the hell out of it won't help either, as regular bombs aren't going to get the job completely done, and nukes? Well, no one can deny we still have them, but the main reason we never used them in the first war is if we did, it would hit China with nuclear fallout. I know you're quite the warhawk, mark, but I doubt you think inciting a WWIII against China would be wise.

Anonymous said...

Mark said...

looks like ebsfwan and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are on the same street.

We all live on the same street Mark. We may not like what our neighbours do. That was the point of your original post was it not?

Some things Khamenei says I agree with. Most of it I don't. Some of the things he says you agree with. Most of it you hopefully don't.

Mark said...

ebsfwan says
Thankfully, I see that your house (actually both of them) is under new ownership.

you one of those people that believe the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere is because the right people haven’t been in charge.

I don't believe that America is socialist so your analogy doesn't hold up. I'm very much against socialism. Politically I guess I would describe myself as a centrist, leaning slightly left or right on various issues. I'm quite happy for you to call me a relativist politically as well as morally. As are you by the way. :)

With regard to the war in Iraq. When it first started I was for the war. Saddam is a brutal man and deserved to be stopped.

I believe America won the war. The purpose of the war was to make sure that America's security was assured. Iraq as a nation is no longer a military threat to America. Unfortunately your leadership doesn't appear to have much clue about what to do next. It's a troubling situation as America is going to be damned if they stay and damned if they pull out.

mark said
Wow, how dare us use such horrible techniques inorder to save lives!

How dare you indeed.

Mark said...

That was the point of your original post was it not?

No, not even close.

Some of the things he says you agree with

ah, no. Are you a mind reader now?

I don't believe that America is socialist so your analogy doesn't hold up

There was no analogy sir. sorry.

How dare you indeed

I hope that was a joke.

Anonymous said...

I said: Some of the things he says you agree with

You said: ah, no. Are you a mind reader now?

Now I say: What a puerile response. I don't have to be able to read your mind on many issues. You have expressed your views in many posts on this blog. Khamenei is against gay marriage. You are against gay marriage. On this ONE issue you most certainly agree.

quod erat demonstrandum

Mark said...

I don't appreciate your hostility.

Anonymous said...

What hostility?

I'm just responding to your question about my telepathy skills.

Mark said...

puerile, ring a bell?
I forgive you nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

Puerile: childishly foolish; immature or trivial

Asking if I am a mind reader is a trivial response to my point.

And I forgive you for equating me with Khamenei. :)

jas said...

Nuclear bomb you ask? Destory it before it does us! Got a problem with that? Should we have the United Nations or a World Govt. approve it first, in your opinion?

i dont have a problem with it. here's what i have a problem with:

people saying "we think that saddam has WMDs, so we are going to invade", but now that we KNOW that iran is working on nukes, nothing is done. it is just very weird that we invaded a country that we only suspected, but yet iran and n. korea have/will have them, and nothing is done. i just remember bush saying something like "if saddam is arming himself, then we will disarm him."

why does this only apply to saddam/iraq? why aren't the government's actions uniform across these situations?

i just think it is a bullshit reason to back up invading iraq by saying "he hated america...freedom...and he had nuclear weapons", because there are some other countries who are taking it to the next level and doing worse than saddam was, yet nothing is done about them. so logically, to me, hating america/freedom and having WMDs doesnt justify invasion because we have not invaded the other countries that do the same thing.

if you catch your kids spray painting your house, do you spank one and just give a 'talking to' to the other? no. you treat them the same.

jas said...

the fact of the matter is, ask any war supporter the question "why are we in iraq?" and they will spout "saddam hated freedom, hated america, and was developing WMDs?"

then you ask "ok, so north korea and iran are doing those things publically. why havent we invaded them?"

the answer is always "i dont know", because they are stumped by their own logic.