Myrtle Beach, SC
I honestly don't think we can have freedom and peace without a price to pay. We're not living in a world where freedom is "free". My heart is breaking in half watching families being torn apart, watching life being snatched away in the blink of an eye. I think retaliation is going to be our only answer to the situations that we face world-wide. I can use my husband for example. He's military, and he's medical. He's in the Navy, but because the Marines do not have medical, he is serving with the Marines for his last tour of duty. He retires in 2 years. He is trained to handle different situations, and has to be prepared at all times to handle each one as it comes up. He has been in the peace keeping situations, most recently in Bosnia with "Operation Shining Hope", flying the women and children by helicopter to his ship that he was stationed on, many of those hurt so severely that he has yet to go into detail with me. I've learned by the look in his eyes when he gets back from deployment, not to ask. He has been in combat situations, with Desert Storm, prepared to help his group, the troops in need of blood, medicine, surgery. My husband sacrifies his life every day for our freedom. Those people in NY and Washington unknowingly sacrificed their lives for our freedom. I feel in my heart that if we don't retaliate, and retaliate soon, and retaliate AFTER we've found out FOR SURE who is behind this, the situation will not disappear. And, I fear that the world will only become more vulnerable to these types of attacks. How else would anyone suggest we handle this? There are no anti-terrorists fairies to take care of this for us. While most of our military members who are frontline in combat receive a paycheck that puts them near or below the poverty line, other countries are backing up their terrorists with large amounts of money, and considering it an investment into their future. I've lived overseas, and I've lived in fear of anit-American moments that exists in other parts of the world. I've learned first hand how it feels to be REQUIRED to blend in with my environment, with other countries. I've never felt the type of fear I've felt walking through an international airport overseas during the bombing of another country, fearing for the safety of my children, myself, and every other American that was trying to get out of the airport and onto planes without being recognized as an American. I hope and pray that my children will never have to hide what nationality they are. I hope and pray that they will be able to travel freely and see the world as I have, and my husband. I hope and pray that my 5 year old will be able to return to the land where he was born, with his dual citizenship, to see what friendly faces there are in other parts of the world. No one should have to live in fear. No one should have to live like we're living now, in fear of our lives and of our safety. If Americans lose their freedom, we all lose our freedom. Retaliation seems to be the only answer for now. And hopefully, peace will follow soon after. Our future for the rest of the world lies on what we decide to do today. Only prayers will be guiding our hearts, and only prayers unite us as one world at a moment like this. Our freedom to pray, in any way, to anyone that we want to pray. Freedom.
Live today as if it's your last. Love today as if it's your first. Lisa