Freedom is not free - A stirring documentary about our warriors
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." John Stuart Mill
They are revolutionaries proudly wearing the true colors that carry the weight of the world in their immigrant red, white, and blue hands … They understand that war is not easy, and they are aware that within its frenzy of gloom it reanimates the speechless … Can we ignore misery and deepen the darkness by laying back like reclining nudes with faraway eyes? No grace, no grit, no honor.
The makers of this documentary sort to Honor Our Warriors, to raise funding and to aid wounded service members, their families, and the families of the fatally wounded. A project designed to show us all what intelligent, honorable, and brave people we have standing in the way of the free world’s demise.
I urge my readers to view the trailer here
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A Word about Bush
When Harry S Truman left office at the end of this second term he had a dismal approval rating of just 23 per cent. Many including his own staff judged him a failure and disliked him. He was considered the worst President since Harding of the Great Depression days.
Today on the other hand he is judged as one of the greats, and the man who set the wheels in motion for the United States to eventually defeat Communism. Do we have a modern equivalent? If so, it is perhaps George W Bush, whose unwavering commitment to the war on terror has led to a very high disapproval rating. Bush will be remembered for his responses to 9/11 in Afghanistan and Iraq, but since neither of those conflicts has yet ended in victory or defeat, it is too early to assume - as left-wingers, anti-war campaigners and many media commentators have - that his historical reputation will be forever low, as is Harding’s.
Historians may one day view Bush's decision to insist upon a "surge" of reinforcements for Iraq in conjunction with a comprehensive transformation of anti-insurgency tactics as masterminded by General Petraeus, as a pivotal point in the history of the war on terror. Just perhaps, in a mere decade or two the President’s judgment and decisiveness may be compared with some of the great decisions of 1945–52, as taken by Truman.
Once again, I urge my readers to view the trailer ...