Don't Close Your Blinds
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    Don't Close Your Blinds

    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 neighbor's 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?"

    "Dad?"

    " What do you do son?"

    "I'd call the police, Dad."

    "OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations. They take your call. They 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 you should 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 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, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," 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?"

    "What Daddy?"

    "He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"

    "Daddy..."

    "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 thes e 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"

    "Yes, Daddy."

    "Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door... "WHAT DO YOU DO?"

    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 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 its too late." my husband whispers. THAT scenario I just gave you is WHY we are at war with Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen son, THAT is the greatest atrocity in the world. "YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!" BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! BE PROUD OF OUR TROOPS!! SUPPORT THEM!!! SUPPORT AMERICA SO THAT IN THE
    FUTURE OUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR BLINDS..."

    (end of story)

    Kinda touches that soft spot... Hope you all enjoyed the story!



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    Nice

    I enjoyed it very much.
    It's a fair analogy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillbilly View Post
    I enjoyed it very much.
    It's a fair analogy too.
    THX Chill,

    I was hesitant to post the story, not sure if it would be recieved well. I recieved it from a casual ladyfriend that has two kids 'over there'. She is about as proud a military mom as anyone would ever see.
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    I'm sure some of the guys here will ridicule the story and it's analogy but I'll bet there aren't many freed Iraqi's or their kids who would.

    It's hard to understand the repression and suffering going on there or anywhere else until you had to live it.

    Most Americans are so lucky and blessed to have less brutality and more choices.



    I am a Patriot and I love this country and I'm sure everyone who comes to this site loves this country too.
    We just happen to view things differently, that's all.
    It's not all black and white.

    Please thank your friend and her boys for their service and dedication to this country, from me.
    God bless em'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillbilly View Post
    Please thank your friend and her boys for their service and dedication to this country, from me.
    God bless em'.
    Ditto!
    No reserve. No retreat. No regrets.

    For those who have fought for it, freedom has a sweetness the protected will never know.

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    Now this is a true story. I was there. I heard it. It was one of the most profound words I ever heard about war. I'm interested in war. I read histories of war. As a kid I played in bombed out ruins.
    The story:
    A few years ago I was travelling in San Antonio Texas and after seeing the 8th wonder of the world (the river walk) I had to go and see the Alamo. I had read both the American and Mexican versions of the battle and I wanted to see what it was really like. The place was packed with tourists and in one room was a large pool table size re- creation of the battle of the Alamo with all the toy soldiers with cannons and miniature trees and cotton batten as explosions and the whole bit. The display was covered in glass. Right in front of me was a very hispanic child of about 5-6 who could just barely see over the edge of the table. He was looking at it awhile when his mother came over and took him by the arm to see some other part of the Alamo. All of a sudden the kid started to yell to his mother " but mum, who won? who won?"
    My interest became very acute because here was a very hispanic kid being towed away by a very hispanic mother and I was very interested in how she was going to answer. As he was being towed away I heard her say" no one, no one ever wins"
    I wanted to say to the woman that it was the most profound thing I ever heard about war but the crowd was so great I never could get close so I let it go.

    Just thought it was appropriate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chillbilly View Post
    I'm sure some of the guys here will ridicule the story and it's analogy but I'll bet there aren't many freed Iraqi's or their kids who would.

    It's hard to understand the repression and suffering going on there or anywhere else until you had to live it.

    Most Americans are so lucky and blessed to have less brutality and more choices.



    I am a Patriot and I love this country and I'm sure everyone who comes to this site loves this country too.
    We just happen to view things differently, that's all.
    It's not all black and white.

    Please thank your friend and her boys for their service and dedication to this country, from me.
    God bless em'.
    Hi Chill,

    Thank you for your response. I also understand what it means to be on the short end of the stick when someone is using the stick for their own gain with no regard beyond themselves.

    I will pass along the message, just one thing: One of her kids is a lady, and honestly I would not like to meet her in a dark ally... Might be hazardous to my health...

    I respect their privacy, I will not mention any names. But one thing I do for the soldier and soldierette is that I have a spare set of their dog-tags hanging on the wall in my office. Every day I pray for them. Mom knows this, the kids forget. But I think this is one of the things we can do for the times and problems we live in.

    They are both GREAT young adults, the kind I am thankful are and will be voting each election...

    Time to call it a night. I really enjoy this forum, you guys and gals are worth the time!

    ZZZ time.
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