We cannot forget about those purple fingers held proudly and highly by Iraqis who never before voted in a free and fair election. The self evident truths enshrined in our Declaration of Independence are as self evidently true for them as they are for us.
Herman Wouk, author of many novels, several of which were about World War II, wrote: “Heroes are not supermen; they are good men who embody – by the cast of destiny – the virtue of their whole people in a great hour.”
These returning warriors of ours embody, each and every one, the virtue of our whole people.
That virtue, readily observable in Lt Col Sam, and in those who choose to put on the uniform our country and fight, is the conviction that the struggle for human freedom must move forward without cessation. It is the thread that bonds us with them.
We cannot lose perspective that the main arena where Americans must fight this battle is within our own country and borders. But just as the rights we claim and enjoy are universal, so are our responsibilities.
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