Thoughts on 9/11

It has been suggested some folks might be interested in my thoughts about what happened on this infamous date. I hadn’t even thought of posting anything on the subject at all quite frankly.

I can tell you I don’t feel hatred or righteous anger or any of that business. Of course, I did not know anyone who was killed that day either. I have known a number of fallen since then but it has never kindled in me a desire for revenge. In my opinion there is no room to get emotional in my line of work as it simply becomes a hindrance and could get you killed.

But I am an American fighting man who has pledged his professional service to his nation and will say this: if anyone or any group cares to make themselves a threat to the society I have sworn to protect, then I am more than ready to eliminate said threat in any clime or place.

Semper Fidelis,
America’s 1stSgt
United States Marine Corps
Keeping the wolf at bay since 1775.

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10 comments

  1. Top –
    Sometimes few words say a lot.

    I’ve written my response about 5 times now and just keep deleting it. We did know people in the towers who never made it back home that day. My husband’s had friends never come back from the sands of Iraq, as have you. As many tears as we’ve cried over the past 8 years, I have never heard him use the word revenge.

  2. Top,
    Yep we have to remain professional all the time.
    But, when they didn’t want to surrender…It never bothered me if they all got to go meet Allah a little sooner.
    We always wanted them alive, because dead terrorist don’t tell you much.

  3. Kanani, thanks, I like to keep things uncomplicated.

    Becky, arms carrying professionals don’t have time for foolishness like revenge. I really tried to hate someone once and I decided it took up too much of my time and energy.

    Songbird, thank you your sentiment is appreciated.

    CI Roller, unfortunately we are pretty much releasing all the guys we captured.

    Travis, I figure there isn’t much need to ruin it by droning on and on.

  4. As a civilian it took a little thought and gathered insight, but I understand your comments as a warrior. I very much appreciate all who are brave and professional in serving our country. I agree that we don’t need emotional responses of anger and revenge if we’re to accomplish a task at war and keep our people alive.

    I know warriors aren’t people who share their “feelings”…but you sounded somewhat cold to me for the occasion, and it bothered me. I’ve known you long enough to know you’re not. It’s hard for me to understand how you draw those lines and what you’re thinking from “a man with God-given emotions” perspective….
    I thought that maybe I might not be the only one wondering…

  5. Wrexie, much like doctors cannot afford to get emotional about the fate of their patients, professional war fighters cannot get emotionally invested in the daily conduct of their jobs either. If either profession lost our minds every time we saw a dead body we would cease to function. Also, killing is too serious an act to execute in an fit of rage, or joy for that matter. It should be done coldly and without malice. There is a great quote from a book called Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein: “A brute kills for pleasure. A fool kills from hate.”

  6. I understand better after asking you warriors…
    And thanks for the quote. It sounds like it came from a very insightful book.

    …thank you for keeping the wolf at bay.

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