Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard (a man very concerned about animals, if you'll read his other posts), shares that his son will be in Iraq for six more months. He has a request:
No, it's not too much to ask. We will continue to pray for and support your son and all who serve our country and serve the idea of Freedom and Democracy around the world.
One of the hardest things for me this past year has been watching the erosion of support for the men and women serving in this war. I remember watching almost the same scenes play out during the Vietnam war. Support flagging at home leading to morale problems, leading to more erosion at home, and on and on in a spiral. The media not helping then or now. And I know it troubles my son and his fellow soldiers. Because they are keeping the faith for those back home.
But the men and women serving in this war, voluntarily, continue to keep the faith. They continue to do what is asked of them. The carry out their mission. Even in the face of flagging public support, even when politicians are busy trying to use them as political weapons, they carry on. They have faith in us.
Is it too much to ask that we also have faith in them?