"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants" - Thomas Jefferson
During the revolutionary war over 25,000 American soldiers and minutemen died.
During the civil war over 400,000 northern and southern American soldiers died.
During WWI 100,000 American soldiers died.
During WWII 500,000 American soldiers died.
During the Vietnam War 60,000 American soldiers died.
On Sept 11, 2001 three thousand men, women, and children were killed because they were simply at work or on a plane.
Every year 100,000 Americans die on the road because of car accidents.
Every year 500,000 Americans die from cancer.
Let's try and keep that in perspective when it comes to the war against terrorism. As Americans we like to think everyone in the world is the same as us and thinks and lives like we do. We are sadly mistaken. There are a large number of terrorists and fundamentalist Muslims out there who just want us dead. There is no reason, no logic; there is no answer to us asking - Why? The West must come to understand that it simply comes down to us or them...our survival is dependent on that thinking. These people are like aliens from another planet. They are out to destroy America as well as the rest of the West that has come to enjoy freedom and democracy thanks to the American soldier who died for them. Thank you is not expected. We do what we do and hope other countries get it and yet, some of us here in the land of the free, home of the brave, have become weak and feeble. We have become Canadians, or worse, French!
Although each, any and every soldier dying in battle is a tragedy, these brave soldiers chose to serve our country under ANY President. And although even one life is precious, they died an honorable death. We are all going to die. That much is inescapable. Therefore, let's make sure we live an honorable life in and for their memory and preserve our freedoms and all the great things this country stands for. Our troops will come home when their mission is complete and they will be ready to take up the next mission for freedom.