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Why we are at war............

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 told him: "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

"I see trees and cars and our neighbors 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'mpretending."

"Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and see that man come out
of his house with his wife and 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 crying,
they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and afraid of their father.
You see all of this son.... what do you do?"


"What do you do son?"

"I call the police, Dad."

"OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations and they take your call, 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!!"


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 he window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"



Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I 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 it....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 andjust watch him do all these terrible th ings and...and.....do
nothing...so....I'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 husbands questions and he tells him...."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 see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs my son to his chest and hugs him
tight, and cries..."It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son...
..you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife. You have to do what's right, even if
you have to do it alone, before......it's 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 is the greatest EVIL of all. Our President is doing what is right. We, as a free nation,
must understand that this war is a war of humanity. WE must remove evil men from power so that
we can continue to live in a free world where we are not afraid to look out our window. So that my
nine year old son won't grow up in a world where he feels that if he just "closes" that blinds the
atrocities in the world won't affect him. "YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT!

"The liberty we prize is not American's gift to the world, it is God's gift to humanity." -- George W. Bush

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Very noble concept, but.....

In reply to: Why we are at war............

if this is a justification for war, why aren't we fighting in North Korea, Iran, China, and several African countries, etc.?

Does the United States really want to take on the role of 'police force' for the world?

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Re: Very noble concept, but.....

In reply to: Very noble concept, but.....

We can't cure all the world's ills, but we can take them on one at a time. To ignore them just because there are so many merely results in them overwhelming us eventually.

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....wouldn't a more accurate scenario be:

The father tells the little boy that the man in that house across the street has all kinds of explosives in his house. The neighbor says he got rid of them all but the father doesn't believe him. So the father decides to break into the neighbor's house and rid the neighbohood of the danger, but even after tearing the house apart he finds nothing. He then changes his reason for breaking in, saying the guy was just thinking about getting those explosives, and then going into the "beating his wife" story.

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Disagree, Josh,

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I took the story to be the larger picture, that of
describing the war on terrorism, of which Iraq is but one
facet. Where terrorists become more aggressive when a
fellow terrorist is allowed to go unchallenged.

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Re: Why we are at war............

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OK, some parents need to take another look at their copy of Dr. Spock.

Where do you get this stuff?


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Re: you can find it here

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Thanks Jonah,

I didn't go looking, it showed up in my in-box, without any
credit as to authorship. I thought it sufficiently
on center line to share without attempting to Snope it.

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