A Few Reasons to Support Our Troops

You stay up for 16 hours

He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.

He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a “headache”, and call in sick.

He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.

He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your “buddies” that aren’t with you.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.

He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.

He doesn’t get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.

He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.

He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.

You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.

He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.

He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.

He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.

He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.

He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see.

He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don’t.

He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

You stay at home and watch TV.

He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.

He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.

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3 Responses

  1. I am a Canadain born and raised. Although I do not agree with alot of the politics of our government I strongly believe that I live in the best country in the free world dispite our government.
    This is a fact that I firmly agree with. We would not be here today to live the rich lives we do if it were not for the courage,dedication and determination of our troops.

    I pray to god everyday for the safe return of our troops but I am realistic enough to know that not all will return safe. I guess the point I am trying to make is that I am proud to be canadian and I have only those brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces to thank so thank-you one and all and know that I love you all and could not be more proud of all you risk personally for me and my family.

    Gods Speed
    God Bless
    Come home soon

    signed a priveliged canadian

  2. I do agree that Canada is a nice place to live. I love the trees and the great diversity. One of my close friends is Canadian and grew up there.

    But I am an American and am happy to live in America. I love my country just as much as you love yours. I applaude you for your patriotism. It is that spirit that makes our countries great. I am so thankful for your countries support in the fight against terrorism. And I am so thankful for your armed forces. Just as our men and women are over there sacrificing, yours are as well, and I am proud of them for that.

    So thank you for being a loyal citizen to our neighbor to the North!

  3. It is sad that American politicians are arguing over troop withdrawel dates instead of wholly supporting the armed services.

    I guess that is why emotions and irrationalities seem to dictate important policy directions and influences of those opposed to the Bush strategy.

    Washington has reached the stage where vital national interests — and the security of much of the world — are being decided almost entirely by immediate, panicky political considerations”…driven mostly by Democrats.

    I applaud Bush’s steadfast commitment to complete the military tasks overseas. It’s a pity that his own (Americans) are raising the most opposition.

    They moan and scream but do not answer the question, after a pull out, “then what?”

    “To drive the United States out of Iraq would be a huge victory for the terrorists, attracting both recruits and support from around the world, and causing countries around the world to reconsider their ties to the United States” writes Thomas Sowell. see http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/07/after_iraq.html

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