Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Face of Grace

Paul A. emailed me about This story from The American Legion. The father of a US soldier in Iraq gives us a glimpse into something the MSM will never dare show us:

Stationed outside a city on the Tigris River, Luke had accompanied his colonel into town as part of a security team, while the colonel spoke with a local sheik. While standing guard, Luke noticed a woman approaching from behind and cautiously turned in her direction, his rifle at the ready.

An interpreter told our son it was OK – the woman just wanted to touch a soldier. Still uneasy, Luke stood still while the woman reached out her hand and touched his face, tears in her eyes.

Looking to the interpreter for meaning, our son was told that the woman simply "wanted to touch the face of grace." It seems this trembling woman, like most of the people in her town, looked upon our soldiers as angels of grace, sent by God to protect her from the violence and oppression her people had come to know up to then. Learning this, our son squeezed and kissed the woman’s hand, and she left, weeping.
This is how we won. We let these people hear how freedom rings. At least some of them are thankful for it, as should we all be.

6 comments:

  1. From the story,
    "“The ‘face of grace.’ How many of us, safe at home debating the politics of the war on terror, have ever seen our soldiers in such a light? How many of us have even read such an uplifting newspaper account of our soldiers? "

    This one brought tears.

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  2. I've noticed people around me getting what they deserve.
    It's good to see that it's not a local thing.

    I remain hopeful.

    Happy Thanksgiving all.

    (mmmmm . . .Beeeeerrrrr)

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  3. The Face of "Disgrace?"November 29, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    "It seems this trembling woman, like most of the people in her town, looked upon our soldiers as angels of grace, sent by God to protect her from the violence and oppression her people had come to know up to then."

    Ah yes, as opposed to the face of grace offered by the Con movement right now eh Commune-ity? LOL

    I particularly like the weightlifter scene...reminds me of another "muscle"-head...

    http://www.slate.com/id/2205315/

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  4. Wow...

    The troll has caused me to consider a new term, similar to ad hominem.

    Ad communitas, meaning ad hominem expanded to include all individuals of an entire "commune-ity," would be just as invalid, useless, and idiotic.

    A new level of stupidity. His(or her) second descent to this level in the Gazette, at least!

    But, then, that's nothing new. Jej.

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  5. Just an example of leftist identity philosophy, Paul. You have to de-individualize your opponents, make them fit your stereotype (at least in your mind) so you can hate them all without having to actually know them or what they think. It's what all good fascists do, after all...

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