Many differing opinions are floating around social media on how we should appropriately address a population of thugs that want sharia law to rule the day. There may be arguments on both sides of the aisle, violence versus an attempt at a peaceful resolution (call in the unicorn division please). One thing that is guaranteed, is regardless of how we address it, there will always remain a group militant hooligans that wants to consistently try and put out the flame that burns in the soul of every freedom loving individual on earth (and where does it burn brighter than in the USA???).
Arguments on both sides, have valid points. But it's hard to try and come to a political resolution over such vast differences when the person (and I use the term person loosely, for that would indicate they are human) with a differing opinion is trying to saw your head off. Or, try and understand why they want to persecute Jews, Christians, homosexuals, and yes, women (I have three daughters. Women, should never be degraded or treated with anything but respect). In the Islamic state, there is no latitude for anyone to have beliefs that fall outside what the caliphate dictates. There is no question to the barbaric nature of this enemy, they have spoken loudly through well manufactured propaganda death videos. And they use social media as their vehicle to recruit and distribute the garbage they produce.
Waiting for them, if the call comes, is a well trained, experienced military with first hand knowledge of many of the tactical targets, cities, and a good portion of what is ancient Mesopotamia. Yeah, I'm talking about the US military, if there was any doubt (but you know we have good company with our Canadian, Brit and Aussie counterparts, and I would be more than happy to serve alongside any Jordanian, or other Arab allied military member).
Why? After so many years of conflict, over 6000 killed (a website to reflect on the fallen: http://projects.militarytimes.com/valor/), over 50,000 wounded, and many many thousands more suffering with adjustment disorder, depression, PTSD, and various other behavioral disorders, would we want to send Americans back to Babylon? The answer is simple, clear, and speaks to that flame that burns in OUR souls resonating with freedom.
Freedom of choice, and flexibility of how to live your life, along with the pursuit of anything that this world has to offer. The ability to worship in any temple you so choose, whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, atheist, or agnostic. The security of walking into any grocery store, mall, or diverse ethnic shop or store and not fear for your personal safety or your family's lives. The right to walk into a booth and cast your vote to put into political power through democratic processes any individual, from any walk of life, with the dream of making their country better.
These are things worth fighting for, sometimes the fight is more than exchanging punches and kicks in an octagonal cage. It's about detailed, precise, exquisite techniques and tactics to decimate your enemy through the use of engineered violence. Violence carried out by a volunteer force willing to sweat, bleed, and give their lives at home or abroad so the aforementioned freedoms remain intact. Many will argue, it's across the ocean, it's far from home, it will never happen here (but it already happened here... 9/11).
It's been here, hiding at your doorstep, waiting for the right moment patiently. The enemies battle cry calls for death and wishes to destroy a way of life. That way of life will only be secure through normal men and women engaging in horrible, unexplainable, and mind numbing violence. But these men and women will stand, side by side, hand in hand, until the last one falls, to preserve and maintain that flame that is burning in your soul.
It's not religion, it's not land, it's not oil, and it sure isn't for any politically motivated aspiration that the average American fights. It's simply about a way of life, and when we are there, it's about surviving with each other, for each other, for the mission that we were called upon to accomplish.
But let's hope it doesn't come to that.
But let's hope it doesn't come to that.