On occasion I suspend my writing duties for a day and turn this forum over to people who have something to say and a more than passing ability to say it. This is one of those days.
Deborah Johns is one of the strongest women I have ever met. Her son William is a Marine who came home from his third tour last May, and may go back again.
There is no doubt in my mind that Deborah agonizes over her son's safety while he is gone, but there are people who think only of themselves, and then there are people like Deborah and William.
In her own words:
My son, U.S. Marine William Johns, has served three tours of duty in Iraq, and stands ready to be deployed for a possible fourth tour and ... I couldn't be more proud of him.
We've heard time and again from those in our nation who choose to root for defeat and surrender to Islamic jihadists in Iraq. You've heard their refrain, "If you believe in this war so much, why don't you go enlist and serve?"
Well my son is serving, and yet that doesn't stop them from attacking the pro-troop efforts I've been involved in for the past several years.
My son along with hundreds of thousands of other sons and daughters is fighting to ensure that we all have the right to freely express our views, including those who call for surrender to jihadists in this war. But our troops are also fighting for the rights of those of us who stand behind them to have our voices heard as well.
I've been asked to serve as one of the spokespersons for Move America Forward's upcoming "Fight for Victory Tour," a patriotic, pro-troop national caravan that takes place September 3rd - 15th.
The timing couldn't be more critical, with General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops serving in Iraq, required to report to Congress by September 15th on the progress of "the Surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Move America Forward will be putting on 27 pro-troop rallies in cities along the "Fight for Victory Tour" caravan route. At each pro-troop rally we'll also collect cards and letters of support for our wounded warriors and deliver them to our recovering troops at Walter Reed Medical Center at the completion of the national pro-troop caravan.
So my question to you is this: will you stand up for our troops and be counted? Will you please drive along part or all of the caravan route with us in your own vehicle? Will you turn out for one of our pro-troop rallies along the way?
I will give up 2 weeks away from my family to go on the road and salute our troops and support them here on the home front. What I ask of you is that I not be alone in this effort.
Director of Military Relations, Move America Forward
Now I'd like you to hear straight from the source, the results of the work our troops are doing for our country, for Iraq, and for the entire freedom loving world.
The following is excerpted from Lt. Col. Robert 'Buzz' Patterson's new book, War Crimes, The Left's Campaign to Destroy our Military, and Lose the War on Terror.
This is a thank you letter from the Mayor of an Iraqi town, Tall'Afar, that had been crushed by the iron grip of Islamic jihadists, and was liberated by soldiers from the US Army's Third Armored Cavalry Regiment.
To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall'Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life.
To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months.
To those who spread smiles on the faces our our children, and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days, and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city.
Our city was the main base of operation for Abu Mousa Al Zarqawi. The city was completely held hostage in the hands of his henchmen.
Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city.
Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpses of children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young.
This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered unto them courageous soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment who liberated this city, ridding it of Zarqawi's followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists, and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3d ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabian, Zumar and Avgani finally destroyed them.
This military operation was clean, with little collateral damage, despite the ferocity of the enemy.
God bless this brave Regiment; God bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families.
To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain.
Najim Abdullah Abid Al-Jibouri
Mayor of Tall'Afar, Ninewa, Iraq
I think you can see why I preferred to let the people who are directly involved in the War on Terror speak for themselves. Both Deborah and the Mayor of Tall'Afar had more to say, and you can see the full texts at Move America Forward, or in Buzz Patterson's book, War Crimes.
If you were on the fence about travelling to DC next month I hope this has convinced you that showing up to support our military and Gen. Petraeus is one of the most important actions you can take to keep our country free. Full information on what, where, and when can be found at the Eagles Landing website, www.EaglesUp.us.
I'll see you in DC on Sept. 15.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007