Since 2001 the U. S. has been engaged in a war resulting from an attack on our homeland. The stories coming out of the theater of battle are for the most part negative, yet we have seen major progress on multiple fronts. In addition, there are stories of heroic men and women who are risking life and limb on behalf of their country and those whose freedoms they are defending. These are real heroes, not sports stars, or the latest rising entertainment phenom, or this politician or that wall street “genius.”
There are real heroes making real sacrifices for very little money to keep our country safe and the terrorists off balance. People who are giving their lives or suffering lifelong personal injuries for a cause they believe in. They are people who make occasional mistakes but in the overwhelming majority are doing great and heroic work. Our press are quick to vilify them and the cause because of their missteps. People who have yet to personally witness any of the hardships and daily danger our troops endure, make large amounts of money speculating how our men and women should have known better or responded differently. They spend nearly no time telling us about the successes and bravery of your neighbors and my neighbors children. Perhaps even of our own children. I have three friends with family members about to be deployed into the arena of battle. I fear less for their lives than for the public humiliation our press subjects these people to every day.
Oliver North has spent 30 plus years in uniform, and has been on the ground in Iraq and other areas as a correspondent for Fox News. He has interviewed literally thousands of our troops, both on the front lines and in the hospitals recuperating from their permanent injuries. Ollie, as many call him, has assembled a book call American Heroes in the Fight Against Radical Islam. The book is a collection of stories and observations from the time he has spent with the troops on the front lines. His most recent revision of American Heroes includes stories from Afghanistan. It is refreshing and encouraging to read about the spirit of these young men and women. It is exciting to see that they are very clear about their mission and how they are progressing with that mission. Here is one excerpt:
“Open police stations and girls’ schools on the mean streets of Ramadi may not appear to be great victories to the critics of this war. However, they are precisely the kind of events that resulted from Sattar’s “Awakening.” They’re also significant to the U.S. troops who help make them happen.
“While we were visiting the school, I asked a young Marine corporal what he was doing in Iraq. “We’re here to win,” he responded, looking squarely into our TV camera – a more intimidating experience for him than the enemy fire he often faced on the streets of the beleaguered city.
“When I pressed this twenty-year-old from the heartland of America to tell me what “winning” meant to him, he was straightforward: “That’s when these people don’t need me to guard this street so their kids can go to school – when they can do it themselves.”
“The belief that the Iraqi people would be able to “do it themselves” was evident in numerous other actions we documented – events that contradicted much of what the American people were being fed by the mainstream media and partisan political opponents at home. According to conventional wisdom, the Iraqis were unwilling to fight for themselves and were on the bring of a suicidal Sunni vs. Shia civil war. But that’s not what we found on this trip to Al Anbar. …”
I wish I could reproduce the book here or give all of you a copy of it. I would encourage everyone who reads this to go out and buy a copy of this first hand account of what is really going on with the honorable men and women who are fighting on our behalf. Read it and be encouraged.