Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fort Hood Memorial

Oh my, the memorial shown on television for the soldiers brutally murdered at Fort Hood was heartbreaking. The President’s speech was poignant and so on point about this horrific situation. I guess we all wish that the people who knew this soldier was in contact with these radical extremists, even if it was for research for a paper as they thought, had told the Army they may have been able to keep an eye on him. Doubt should have been established I think, but it wasn't and only hindsight is 20/20.

All of our prayers go out to the families of these American’s who do a job I never had the courage or bravery to do. The roll call when the soldiers didn’t answer echoed silent loss and shock across the nation. But when they showed the thirteen soldiers boots across the stage with the gun standing behind each one and the helmet on top, I absolutely lost it. I guess this is a common military thing but it was incredibly symbolic. Especially as after they showed color pictures of all of the people who died and our President spoke of their bravery in their final minutes.

My daughter watched it with me because she had heard on the news that it happened, and although we didn’t know any of the people murdered or their families, we know they were soldiers the people who we say “thank you for what you do” to when we see them around our town. And I can’t imagine how scary it is for an eight year old, who so admires these people to defend us and keep us free. When it is terrifying to a forty year old that someone would have the audacity to kill soldiers in their own base. We talk about democracy and I don’t know how much she truly understands about countries that do not have democratic governments, but the magnitude of this heinous act she gets.

God bless the families of the murdered soldiers, wishing them colorful clear memories that will stay with them forever of their loved ones. God bless America too. Obama said in his speech that these soldiers remind us of what it is to be Americans. I think that is true for every one of them especially the slain police officer who ran right into the gunfire at the gunman.

Let's just ponder our President's words "no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor." I have to wonder do these extremist Muslim's really feel that their God is a loving God as I do as a Jewess and others do as Catholics, Christians, Protestants, Methodist, and Unitarians? I think that they can't, that they pray and do all of the evil that they do for a hateful, vengeful Ruler who is nothing like our God. If the God they pray to is just like our God then how can they warp a religion so completely? I always believed that there is only one God. And although our religions are different you may believe God had a son Jesus and I may believe we are all God's children, I can't imagine they could prevert a God out of the God I think we all believe in who requires the taking of human lives at the expense of one's own soul as a good deed. I can't get my head around that, or how that more than one psycopath actually believes that?

Well they executed John Allen Mohammed tonight; after this bastard gets better I hope they'll give him a fair trial and execute him too...

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