This article was written by an unknown female author who has the understanding and insight of why we, as Americans, are set apart from all others. Our pride, compassion and patriotism are all very well defined in this fictitious story:
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 said, “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’m pretending.”
“Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and pretend you see Saddam come out of his house with his wife, 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 screaming and crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and they are afraid of their father. You see all of this son….what do you do?”
“What would you do son?”
“I’d 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 we should all 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 own 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, your next door neighbor sees what is happening, but he refuses to get involved as well. He’ll not help you,” my husband says.
“But Dad, I NEED help! I can’t stop him by myself!”
“WHAT DO YOU DO SON?” 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?”
“Watching you in the window, he walks over to the old lady’s house, breaks down her door and drags her out. He sets her house on fire and then he…he kills her. He does this while he laughs at you and her. WHAT DO YOU DO?”
“WHAT DO YOU DO?”
Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, “I’d 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 them…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 and just watch him do all these terrible things 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 husband’s questions and he says…”Son.”
“Open the blinds, son, because that evil man…. now he’s at our front door…”WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW?”
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’LL DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD! I’M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD! I’M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I’M GONNA FIGHT HIM!”
I see a tear roll down my husband’s cheek and he grabs our son to his chest and hugs him tight, and says… “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, and his children and the old lady across the way. 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 and other terrorists. When good men stand by and let evil happen son, THAT 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” the blinds, the atrocities in the world won’t affect him. – author unknown
This brings to mind a quote from another unknown author : “”The only requirement for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing”
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Except we didn’t act when Saddam killed. We stopped him from killing. We disarmed him. When his “children” rose up against him, we sat on our hands. But we stopped him from doing it again.
So, why was it necessary to wait more than a decade to act? if the ten years’ wait wasn’t too long, why not let the cops, who had responded by that time, arrest him and escort him off to jail?
It’s a tearjerking story. It’s inaccurate as an analog to war with Iraq.
Regardless of when, why was the US the only ones to respond to the situation?
I’m sorry you missed the message of the writing. The Hussein brothers bad been in power for 25 years+, and yet of all the presidents we have had over that time, ONE had the backbone, character and conviction to act.
Now we have a President, speaker of the house, and secretary of state who want to go around the world throwing us at the feet of evil dictators asking if we can just be friends and talk.
Why is no one eliminating the Somalian pirates? Why are they waiting on us?
The answer to your question about why we sat on our hands for so long, is because of who you elected into congress and the presidency, but you already know that, you are just looking to place blame everywhere else but at your own feet for not acting.
It’s a good analogy as it pertains to the time it was written and the character of the president who DID act.
NATO enforced the no-fly zones. Under that treaty, all NATO forces were involved.
it was a rhetorical question
“Rhetorical question” usually doesn’t mean “misleading as to facts of history.” It wasn’t a rhetorical question if you mean to assert it as a valid claim.
The U.S. was not the only nation involved in policing Saddam Hussein. But most of the nations involved refused to go along with the invasion. That was a clue.