While traveling in Oregon I met a young man while sitting at the pool with my family. He was up here, fishing with his father. As it turns out, he is 5.5 years into his 6 year commitment with the US Air Force. We had a long talk about Iraq and Afghanistan and the overall terror issues. I want to share some things he said to me:
1. He hates war. He said that anyone who likes war is crazy. I agree with him.
2. He says that he is not convinced that there are not WMD's in Iraq still. He says that they are constantly finding buried stuff. He says you would be amazed at what they buried, including airplanes.... He's also pretty sure that a lot of stuff got out of the country and moved it to places like Iran and Syria.
3. He feels like we might have been able to do a bit more negotiation before we went into Iraq, he feels like Afghanistan was done just right though. However, he also stated (as I have earlier in this blog) that there is clear moral justification for this war. He thinks everyone should see the pictures of the many people killed by Sadam. I have a link to such pictures earlier in this blog. If you think this is not a moral war, go look at them.
4. He is totally disgusted with the press. He states that the press has clearly not done a fair job reporting this war. He says that they do not show the good things that have happened, they have not shown the positive results of this war. He feels like the press have made this war worse, because they have kept the military from doing things (life effectively sweeping cities) that really needed to be done. Thus, the insurgency remains strong. I agree with him, the press is not doing our country any favors.
5. He feels like the Iraqi people will get sick of the insurgents, and when they do and they start standing up for themselves and policing their own people. It is then when things will really start to get better.
6. One other thought of his.... if you didn't vote, then you don't have any room to disagree about anything.
This young man has done his time, and served our country well. I salute him. He also told me one other very chilling thing..... he didn't ask me to keep it to myself, so I'll share it here. I've not heard about this in the press, but I have no reason not to believe him. I'm told by this young man that there was a terrorist cell of 3 men broken up at NORAD. Now *that* is scary. I've looked for any news reports on this incident and I can't find any. So I don't know if it was hushed up, or if I was being fed a line. Still, I thought I'd share it with you just the same.
Salutes to the men and women in uniform!