Peace Like A River

It was a wide river, mistakable for a lake or even an ocean unless you'd been wading and knew its current. Somehow I'd crossed it... Now I saw the stream regrouped below, flowing on through what might've been vineyards, pastures, orhards... It flowed between and alongside the rivers of people; from here it was no more than a silver wire winding toward the city. - Leif Enger, Peace Like A River

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Here is Michael Yon's latest post, Gates of Fire. It describes the action that wounded LTC Kurilla, commander of the Deuce Four.

Devour it. Inhale it. Don't fight that twisty feeling in your gut as you read about the visceral action, it proves you are still human, and still value human life. Ask yourself what you would do in that situation. In a split second, when lives are on the line, what would you do? Would you run into the face of fire?

It almost makes me want to weep when I contemplate the courage and professionalism of these men. What did this country do to deserve such men serving in her defense?

Some time ago, I wrote about courage, and I'm going to post it here, in honor of LTC Kurilla, his men, and all those like them.

That terrorist, Khalid Jasim Nohe, wants you dead, too. He can't hurt you now, because brave men chased after him on foot, cornered him, ran into a dark room and with their bare hands took him out.

What kind of people do you want speaking for you, defending you? The peace activists I wrote about in my previous post, the ones with their hand circles of dreamy prayer energy? Or men like LTC Kurilla, the men of the Deuce Four, and all those like them in our Armed Forces?

Courage is now posted here.

Michelle Malkin says what I've been thinking, Yon deserves a Pulitzer.
Mark Tapscott also gets it right, Yon is doing the best reporting out there.
Captain Ed has some wise words about detaining terrorists, and keeping them detained.


  • At Thu Aug 25, 03:54:00 PM, johngrif said…

    I haven't had the chance to read Michael's work. I like your choice of words for these men who are America. We don't deserve them.

    It is said that the Greeks created their cities as a tribute to that which was noble and worthy. If you were to walk through one of the notable Greek cities, you would encounter the monuments to the greats who had lived and died so that Greece stood free. Their words and achievement were always part of the common civic life. So we in America (and the Free World) need everlasting tributes to the soldiers you describe.

    One such 'living memorial' (which might be termed a lasting Internet monument) can be found at "The Last Full Measure of Devotion," honoring Paul Smith.

    If Americans can't recall that name, they must.

    We, the grateful, always remember.

  • At Thu Aug 25, 07:30:00 PM, Jeff said…


    What a terrific image, of walking through cities and seeing lasting monuments of honor, and gratitude for sacrifices made. Remembering, it is the very least we can do.

  • At Fri Aug 26, 02:51:00 PM, Anonymous said…

    We need to start thinking of a monument to commemorate the American heroes fighting for true freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. And yes this freedom allows the Cindy Sheehan's of the world the freedom to speak rather than be trhrown into a dungeon. Just as I have the freedom to wish a pox on them.


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