Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas for "Our Guys" 

This afternoon, my husband and I just shipped our latest packages to our guys holding down the fort in Iraq. We began our program in the summer of 2003, shortly after Baghdad fell. The coverage by the MSM (mainstream media) was cool at best. It's gone downhill since. We want our soldiers to know they are supported.

American has become the "reluctant" global leader. We do not want to run the world - we'd all be happier here, period. However, there are times in history when a powerful nation does not get to do what it wants to do; it must do what needs to be done.

Two prominent individuals have voiced this view within the past few days. Jeff Jacoby, opinion columnist for the Boston Globe, just republished a terrific article (written in 1994) in memory of Jeanne Kilpatrick who died on the 7th of December this year. The situation Kilpatrick faced in the 1980's with the bullies in South America parallels our situation today with the bullies in the Middle East. The article is available via a "for fee" archive or from Jacoby's email list. (If you would like the article, let me know your email and I'll send it to you.) On December 8, Shelby Steele, a fine, fine current mind, wrote an article that explains our reluctance. He also spells out what will happen if we fail - it's not pretty.

What does this have to do with our shipping today? Soldiers Angels provided me with the contacts I have shipped to over the past 3+ years. It is our way to "walk the walk" rather than just "talk" support. Our guys are our front line against people who want us dead. The least we can do is make sure they know we care. Soldiers Angels is a great way to get involved - either by yourself or with a group.