BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE Iraq, like America continues through its growing pains and tribulations to become a new nation. Great strives have been accomplished throughout the country at the expense of Iraqi, Coalition and International forces over the past year. Like America it has become a new nation conceived through liberty and freedom. Its amazing how solid history tends to hold true throughout time. Like America, Iraq is growing as a country and we can see the same growing pains in Iraq that we experienced here in America. Your service members continue to make sacrifice, reinforce dedication to what they believe in and continue to make valuable gains for the people of Iraq. Their efforts here in Iraq and Afghanistan will not be forgotten and will forever be placed in our history as selfishness acts of freedom and gratitude and it will never be forgotten what we accomplished here, for the people. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg AddressLike the Iraqi people, we in America need to always remember what we have and not to take it for granted. It is easy to take your way of life for granted. Your means of travel, your house, your job and the simple things in life you have never appreciated unless you’ve done without. Imagine what it would be like without them. Imagine what it would be like without freedom. With your continued support your service members have been the military force to help Iraq, but you the people of America people have been the spirit to help a nation grow, both their and ours. Keep Attacking! Capt B
What utter BS. What, you think people buy this crap? The Abe licoln / Iraq war analogy. Oh go wave the flag and vote republican?! hahahahahahahaha....
Hi -

Came across this more or less by accident.

Anonymous, you make it clear that your ignorance of history is only equalled by your ignorance of politics.

Capt B: more power to you. You make the very good point that talk-talk isn't enough. You have to have the people to go out and make things happen, and those people are out there risking their lives to make it so.

You have my respect. Anonymous deserves no respect.

I think Anon completely misses the point of Lincoln's speech, much less it's inclusion or reference to Iraq.

the honored dead are not simply soldiers in our military, but all of those of Iraqi origin as well, military, police or simply leaders (political or tribal) and common men and women who died wanting to see a better day for Iraq, participated in free elections, went to work every day, taught students even during high insurgent activity, braved bombs to go to market or other simple activities, all of the things that we take for granted which took extra effort on the part of these men and women (including our soldiers) to make happen, who sacrificed much, even physically unto death, to achieve a small part of a dream we pretend to understand but have lost touch with having no real war upon our shores for decades if not centuries in the protection of that dream.

Thus, when people struggle mightily for it and die for it, even as accidental casualties, the dream of freedom is worth more, not less, with their passing and their resting place and places where they spilled their blood are worth more, are monuments to the action, in and of itself.

In Gettysburg we raised monuments to the dead and the moment. The entire area of Iraq with its mass graves and torture chambers from the previous regime, the curb on Haifa street where election officials were gunned down, the highway to north of Baghdad where 49 police recruits were blindfolded, tied up and executed, the road in Fallujah where 20 Marines died from one IED, every single one of these is a monument to the perseverance of not only our own men and women, but the spirit of the Iraqi people who keep going and working towards a peaceful, united, free and democratic Iraq. they are consecrated in ways that some folks will never get.

Whether anon believes in it or not, freedom and democracy is what is happening and that is what will exist. Messy it might be, but a grand chaos none the less and one that some would prefer to suffer instead of the silence behind the walls of the Saddam Ba'athist Regime where I'm sure that Anon would have preferred their anguished cries and tortured screams remain so he/she could pretend moral superiority without getting his/her hands dirty.

That being said, thanks Captain for the update and words.
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