In the great white north we have a war poem titled In Flanders Fields, that was written by Canadian Physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915, following the Second Battle of Ypres during World War I. A poem that suffice it to say, has become and is one of our nations greatest treasures; and one that is recited every Remembrance Day, with my favorite part reading...
"Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields."
Since it is this, the last part of the poem, that gives our great nation purpose and unity; for it links ourselves with our forefathers, and ourselves with our brothers and sisters within our own generation. Moreover, it demonstrates and acts as a witness to us, regarding the value of the blood that was spilt by our forefathers and the great honour we owe them for their sacrifice. Reminding us that war is not some game to be entered into lightly, but an act that once decided upon must be seen through to the end or else do not do it at all, for the price necessary is far too great for us to go home defeated or without victory in hand.
A truth that North American conservatives through their patriotism, despite all their other faults, understand deeply; and one, that as Secretary of State John Kerry demonstrated today, the Left seems to not care about at all. Since, not only does the Left find it acceptable to leave U.S. troops behind to die in Benghazi without attempting any sort of rescue; but they also find it acceptable to write off the lives that were lost and the blood that was spilt in Iraq for over a decade now, as a mistake.
Since as we learned early yesterday, despite Al Qaeda overrunning the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in central Iraq, just west of the nation's capital Baghdad. John Kerry has promised that the War on Terror was a mistake and something that the United States should be ashamed of, just like Vietnam, which is why he and his leftist pals in the White House have decided to 'break faith with those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice' and 'drop the torch and let it go out'. Since as he stated: "we are not contemplating putting boots on the ground... since this is their fight... [and while] we will stand with the government of Iraq and with others who will push back against their efforts to destabilize;" in reality, who really cares about the fate of Iraq and the lives lost and blood spilt over more than a decade by my fellow countrymen to save that nation.
Well, even though I don't agree with the way in which the Iraq war was carried out, I DO, as should you. Since, our troops from Canada, England, and the United States are the best of the best, men and women that deserve nothing more than our complete support even if we disagree with them; and that means seeing what they died for come to fruition no matter how long it takes; and that is total victory in the conflict and complete security for the nation they served and died to protect.
Since while the Left will hold up John Kerry today, as a wise man who is protecting U.S. lives by avoiding this conflict, and point out that Iraq was never a cause worth fighting for. By doing so they commit themselves to the same mistake that John Kerry has just committed. They commit themselves to stating to the rest of the world and to the soldiers who have died in service to our great nations that they died in vain, they died for a mistake, and that what they were fighting for was evil and not worth seeing come to fruition.
When this is not the case, were their mistakes made and things done that were regrettable, yes, just as in any war; since all wars are carried out by fallible human beings. However, the war in Iraq has also brought about many good things that has made our nations more secure. Including bringing many terrorists to justice, destroying terrorist hotbeds and training grounds, and crippling Iraq's abilities to bully smaller nations within the region. An ability that previously led to the First Persian Gulf War, resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilians and hundreds of US and coalition force's soldiers.
In conclusion, thus whether you agree or not with the Iraq war, the very fact that it was not a war with some evil purpose, for if it were for oil the price of it would not still be so freakishly high, and because of the cost we have already paid in lives and blood; the fate of Iraq cannot simply be dismissed as another's problem. Since we have taken on the responsibility, rightly or wrongly, and thus it is ours to tend to and see through to the end. Not for our own gain or benefit, but so that we might 'keep faith with those who died'.
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