“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” — Alexander Pope
In the Union Leader today, and article entitled, “NH Women react to end of ban on combat.” The UL article starts out, “Combat veteran Nancy Young of Auburn was thrilled to hear other women will get the chance to serve on the front lines in the military.
“Thrilled,” you say? This article is demonstrative of how callous we as a society have become. To be clear, I take no issue with women participating in front-line combat…other than to say, “be careful of what you ask for, ladies.” But these women have gone completely off the rails. Going into Combat isn’t riding a mechanical bull or running a marathon. Fighting is a life-altering, life changing experience. Post combat experiences effectively changes how one views the world, how one lives life and how one relates to family and friends. No one gets out in one piece.
Nancy Young went on to tell the UL, “I think it’s great that they’re going to be given the opportunity to try,” Great? The UL continues, “New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte said she is pleased at the news.”
“(Jesus) went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” —Matthew 26:39 (NIV)
“Thrilled?…Great?…Pleased? On some level, I laud the enthusiasm. You combat-aspiring women are going to need it because here is a small slice what you have to look forward to…
and….there is this….
This photo doesn’t even capture the smell…
and finally there is this….
Picture your mothers, fathers, husbands and children in waiting for your casket to arrive.
Finally, lets not forget the wounds combat leaves that we do not see…Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alcoholism…depression…suicide. Suicide…Suicides in military ranks have surged to epidemic levels. Last year, there were 349 suicides… exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some experts predict this current trend will grow exponentially worse.
Thrilled?….Pleased?….Great! Do let us know how that works for you.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Traditionally, women were excluded from front line combat roles. Only recently have we heard the whining and complaining over it. And now with a progressive, socialist utopian in the White house, we have turned our Military into a social playground for these liberals…People who scoff at expressions such as, “Dogs of war.”
I have met women who are aptly capable of fighting in the combat theater. But to characterize this change as Thrilling or Great is distasteful and further demonstrates a lack of the full understanding or appreciation of what blood and treasure is expended when combatants engage in the ground contest of disemboweling…maiming or killing the enemy.
Women…Be sure to come back and share with us your experiences of the smell of burnt flesh…of bodies that have been blown open…the blood and the smell of shit. And then tell us how this is great or fun. Do tell us what it is like to hear the blood-curdling screams of pain as your fellow comradesses-in-arms lay dying at your feet. tell us how the taste of blood in your mouth tastes? Tell us how fun and great it truly was. Celebrate today, for tomorrow many of you die.
These men have served and paid in personal blood and treasure…When called to fight, the task is met with sober honor; Embraced with a solemnity and marred by the blunt realities…foreboding of what is to come…what is to be.
Now, You have denigrated the sensibilities of those who went before you..to mere ladder climbing in quest for promotions. So when some of you who aspire to fight are sitting in wheelchairs while others wipe your asses, do share how well your ladder-climbing worked.