Ya know, back home we always say, if you wanna know the straight of things, you need to talk to someone who’s been there and done that.
Today, all we get is them “talkin’ heads”! The media, teachers, professors, pastors, preachers, priests, politicians and all other sorts of blow-hards! Ain’t none of them actually experienced what they preach! It’s just their, often wrapped vision of what they “THINK” things ought to be and most of the time they are dead wrong!
Well guys, this ol’ boy has been there and done that! He knows of what he speaks and confirms the truth I believe about these animals!
“The great British poet Rudyard Kipling, understanding today’s situation in
better than our State Department wrote, "I have eaten your bread and salt.
I have drunk your water and wine. The deaths ye died I have watched beside. And
the lives ye led were mine. Afghanistan
There are two points the President and the Secretaries of State and Defense may want to keep in mind as they evaluate future problems in the
Middle East and How to
successfully address them. Both are easiest illustrated by real life
Many years ago I attended the Infantry officer Advanced Course at
Probably ten percent of the students attending that ten month course of
instruction were from foreign countries. For about half of the course my table
mate was an Arab. We studied together, completed homework assignments together,
got to know each other's families and generally enjoyed each other's company. Fort Benning,
Part of that time we students were immersed in reading about, researching and discussing wars and problems of the
Middle East. By this time my Arab Classmate and I had, I
thought, become close friends. A question popped into my mind and without
evaluating it I said, I have a question to ask you, but you may find it a
little impertinent. Or, perhaps, offensive.
That's quite alright, he replied. We know each other well enough to be honest with each other. So go ahead and ask your question.
Well, I began. Each time you Arabs start a war with
they beat your socks off. Why don't you learn your lesson and quit making war
on them? Israel
The words hadn't passed my lips before I knew that I shouldn't have asked that particular question. But I was wrong. My Arab officer friend didn't get angry. He didn't even think before replying.
My dear friend, he said in his British accent, you are absolutely right. Each time we attack the Israelis they whip our asses. But have you noticed that with each loss we get better. We get whipped not as badly as in the war before.
Then he got a faraway look in his eyes, pounded on the table and said, sometime in the next thousand years, we will win!
Up until then I had never thought in terms of a thousand years, and I don't think I'm very good at it today. But for those formulating foreign and defense policy for the nation, it is worth making the effort. For it is difficult to think in terms of the immediate future while negotiating with a nation whose leaders are thinking in terms of hundreds or thousands of years.
Point two: during the first Gulf War
forces fought side by side and some of the officers became close friends. When
the war ended in victory there was a celebration in the officers' club with
everyone congratulating each other. A lot of handshaking and hugging was going
on. It was a time of displaying real brotherly love. Seeing this, one of the
senior Arab generals felt the need to set the record straight. Look, he said to
a small cluster of American generals. We have fought together and some of us
have died together. I know you feel that makes us brothers. But that is not the
way it is in my world. U.S.
He looked around the circle making eye contact with all of them. I don't want to see you hurt so I need to share this with you. There will be no tomorrow for us jointly. No matter how much you have helped my country and you came and helped us when we desperately needed your help and no matter how friendly you feel toward us, we are still Muslims and you are still Christians. That means that in our eyes, we can never be brothers. I'm sorry but to us, you will always be Infidels!
And so we Infidels have liberated
Iraq and , but we have not made
their countries nor their people depositories of freedom and liberty. No matter how hard we work to rebuild their
governments, infrastructure, educational and medical institutions, and no
matter how desperately they need our help as The Arab general pointedly noted
we can never be brothers to each other. Afghanistan
Also, I learned what Kipling meant when he wrote, "East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." He was pointing out to the western world that to Muslims, we Christians will always be infidels! - By Major General Jerry Curry,
EPILOGUE: Obama, you insignificant lil' flea, you cannot defeat me! I am backed by a fella, who had spikes driven in both hands and feet, then he was hung on timbers and the only thing holding him up were those spikes, then he was stabbed and given up for dead, then he was entombed, then he walked out of that tomb and ascended up into the sky and after all of that he still lives today! Yes, this is my backing! What's yours? George Soros? I am laughing whole-heartily right now! How small you really are Obama! Oh yeah, if you think this fella backing me is something, I just can't wait 'til you meet his father! Good luck, hehehehehe!