Skip to comments.Letter from Iraq - Hope Rides Alone
Posted on 03/07/2007 9:12:45 PM PST by Swordmaker
I received the following as an email - Swordmaker
I wanted to share an article my son Eddie sent me from Iraq. I was not going to send it out through the usual means; I'm looking to have this published somehow. I just felt after reading it again this morning that I wanted people to begin reading it and begin/continue to pray for our brave men and women in uniform.
I'm not sure how many letters or articles you've ever read from the genre of "News from the Front," but this is one of the best I've ever read, including all of America's wars. As I was reading this, I forgot that it was my son who had written it. My emotions range from great pride to great sorrow, knowing that my little boy (22 years old) has become this man. He is my hero. Thank all of you for your prayers for him; he needs them now more than ever. God bless.
Hope Rides Alone
By Eddie Jeffers
I stare out into the darkness from my post, and I watch the city burn to the ground. I smell the familiar smells, I walk through the familiar rubble, and I look at the frightened faces that watch me pass down the streets of their neighborhoods. My nerves hardly rest; my hands are steady on a device that has been given to me from my government for the purpose of taking the lives of others.
I sweat, and I am tired. My back aches from the loads I carry. Young American boys look to me to direct them in a manner that will someday allow them to see their families again...and yet, I too, am just a boy....my age not but a few years more than that of the ones I lead.
I am stressed, I am scared, and I am paranoid...because death is everywhere. It waits for me, it calls to me from around street corners and windows, and it is always there. There are the demons that follow me, and tempt me into thoughts and actions that are not my own...but that are necessary for survival.
I've made compromises with my humanity. And I am not alone in this. Miles from me are my brethren in this world, who walk in the same streets...who feel the same things, whether they admit to it or not and to think, I volunteered for this...
And I am ignorant to the rest of the world...or so I thought.
But even thousands of miles away, in Ramadi, Iraq, the cries and screams and complaints of the ungrateful reach me. In a year, I will be thrust back into society from a life and mentality that doesn't fit your average man.
And then, I will be alone.
And then, I will walk down the streets of America, and see the yellow ribbon stickers on the cars of the same people who compare our President to Hitler.
I will watch the television and watch the Cindy Sheehans, and the Al Frankens, and the rest of the ignorant sheep of America spout off their mouths about a subject they know nothing about. It is their right, however, and it is a right that is defended by hundreds of thousands of boys and girls scattered across the world, far from home.
I use the word boys and girls, because that's what they are. In the Army, the average age of the infantryman is nineteen years old. The average rank of soldiers killed in action is Private First Class.
People like Cindy Sheehan are ignorant.
Not just to this war, but to the results of their idiotic ramblings, or at least I hope they are. They don't realize its effects on this war.
In this war, there are no Geneva Conventions, no cease fires. Medics and Chaplains are not spared from the enemy's brutality because it's against the rules. I can only imagine the horrors a military Chaplain would experience at the hands of the enemy.
The enemy slinks in the shadows and fights a coward's war against us. It is effective though, as many men and women have died since the start of this war.
And the memory of their service to America is tainted by the inconsiderate remarks on our nation's news outlets.
And every day, the enemy changes...only now, the enemy is becoming something new. The enemy is transitioning from the Muslim extremists to Americans. The enemy is becoming the very people whom we defend with our lives. And they do not realize it. But in denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders, denouncing the war we live and fight, they are isolating the military from society...and they are becoming our enemy.
Democrats and peace activists like to toss the word "quagmire" around and compare this war to Vietnam. In a way they are right, this war is becoming like Vietnam. Not the actual war, but in the isolation of country and military.
America is not a nation at war; they are a nation with its military at war.
Like it or not, we are here, some of us for our second, or third times; some even for their fourth and so on. Americans are so concerned now with politics, that it is interfering with our war.
Terrorists cut the heads off of American citizens on the internet...and there is no outrage, but an American soldier kills an Iraqi in the midst of battle, and there are investigations, and sometimes soldiers are even jailed...for doing their job. It is absolutely sickening to me to think our country has come to this.
Why are we so obsessed with the bad news? Why will people stop at nothing to be against this war, no matter how much evidence of the good we've done is thrown in their face? When is the last time CNN or MSNBC or CBS reported the opening of schools and hospitals in Iraq? Or the leaders of terror cells being detained or killed? It's all happening, but people will not let up their hatred of President Bush. They will ignore the good news, because it just might show people that he was right.
America has lost its will to fight. It has lost its will to defend what is right and just in the world.
The crazy thing of it all is that the American people have not even been asked to sacrifice a single thing. It's not like World War Two, where people rationed food, and turned in cars to be made into metal for tanks.
The American people have not been asked to sacrifice anything. Unless you are in the military or the family member of a servicemember, its life as usual...the war doesn't affect you.
But it affects us.
And when it is over, and the troops come home, and they try to piece together what's left of them after their service...where will the detractors be then? Where will the Cindy Sheehans be to comfort and talk to soldiers and help them sort out the last couple years of their lives, most of which have been spent dodging death and wading through the deaths of their friends?
They will be where they always are, somewhere far away, where the horrors of the world can't touch them. Somewhere where they can complain about things they will never experience in their lifetime; things that the young men and women of America have willingly taken upon their shoulders.
We are the hope of the Iraqi people. They want what everyone else wants in life: safety, security, somewhere to call home. They want a country that is safe to raise their children in. Not a place where their children will be abducted, raped, and murdered if they do not comply with the terrorists demands. They want to live on, rebuild and prosper. And America has given them the opportunity, but only if we stay true to the cause, and see it to its end.
But the country must unite in this endeavor...we cannot place the burden on our military alone. We must all stand up and fight, whether in uniform or not. And supporting us is more than sticking yellow ribbon stickers on your cars. It's supporting our President, our troops and our cause.
Right now, the burden is all on the American soldiers.
Right now, hope rides alone.
But it can change, it must change. Because there is only failure and darkness ahead for us as a country, as a people, if it doesn't.
Let's stop all the political nonsense, let's stop all the bickering, let's stop all the bad news, and let's stand and fight!
Isn't that what America is about anyway?
Hope Stands Alone
Pass it on.
Just...wow. Thank you for sharing. God bless these REAL MEN and WOMEN - they are my heroes.
Pinging a few friends.
God bless and protect our troops .. BUMP!
Please, let him know. They are not alone.
BUMP ~~! Prayers for our troops.
Awesome letter. We are proud of your son. I have a son in Iraq as well. I pray daily for the safety of all of our young men.
Eddie, please know that millions of us pray for you daily. Thank you and God bless and protect you.
Thank you for your service and that of your family. We can never repay you for what you're doing and giving.
WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!
Thanks for the posting. Prayers for your son and for all our brave troops.
Thanks for the ping, Star.
Hope Stands Alone.
A must read Ping!
God bless our military and may God have mercy on our nation.
Are you feeling ok, sweet O? I surely hope so.
Can you put this in the sidebar?
Thanks for sharing this!
I have replied in FR mail so as to not hijack this important thread.
Thank you for posting this, you have a son to be proud of.
God Bless our troops.
Quite a post..
As The Great One (Mark Levin) says, "dust off those beautiful bombers".
FGS, what kind of satanic force keeps our mens' hands tied? We're not only through the Looking Glass, but rubbing elbows with the End Times.
No longer on good terms, personally and professionally, with leftists.
The "smell of Napalm in the morning" is something our men deserve to enjoy. No serviceman will ever buy a beer in my presence.
That was wonderful.
Prayers for Eddie & all our soldiers. And a big thank you to all of them .... God Bless them and keep them safe....~Pandora~
"Blessed are the peacemakers;
for they shall be called the children of God."
Bless your son, and bless our troops.
They pay the bill for our own freedom every day.
I wish all our troops could know there are many MILLIONS of us who support them in this mission, because we know they are the front line defending and preserving our way of life, our freedoms, our safety and security, and our rights, including the right to make complete asses out of ourselves as the MSM, the liberal loonies, and way too many of our politicians have done. We DO CARE, we DO APPRECIATE it, and we WILL NOT QUIT on them. We pray for the safety of our troops, and the success of their mission, and we will support them there and at home on their return. God bless and keep them all, and may He give them strength, courage, and the knowledge that our faith in them and our appreciation of all they do for us is undiminished. Thank you for posting this.
B T T T
Not my son. Someone's son, for sure. I have no way to contact the author or his father.
Just pass it on and maybe it will wake up some idiots in Washington.
Thank you Swordmaker for sharing this with us. It is very good.
This is absolutely RIGHT ON! As Right on as thing I've read of late. To tell the truth, I'm getting really sick of all of the BICKERING and Pettiness! There is a life outside VERY SMALL idiots like sheehanigan, suzie suran-wrap, and hanoi-jane(ole hag-bag), smurtha and their ilk....they all act like little kids doing their put-down stuff, throwing (toys)temper tantrums and wah,wahing to get their way! It's grow-up time kids....and they will be the very ones crying for mountains to fall on them in the Battle of All Battles!!
They are truly selling America right down the drain. That's why so many people are taking the time out of their busy schedules to make the trip to DC to the 'Gathering of Eagles' and 'These Colors Don't Run!!' Support the Troops Rally.
All of this sound to familiar as I have a son that was on deployment to Iraq for a year. Yes, he was wounded and may have to be Medically discharged, but if not, he would willing to return in a heartbeat, because he like Thousands of others....He believes in the Mission and he believes in all of good that he saw first hand having been accomplished. Although, it may seem so for a brief time, David Jeffers, please tell your son that "He is Not Alone" as there are many stateside that "Have his back!"
Thanks for posting this.
This young man is representative of thousands of our Armed Forces who share the same feelings.
Will the MSM publish these words? Absolutely not! They are on a mission to search out and find any negative comment from our men and women in uniform and use those words to trumpet the "cut and run" bunch and suggest that there are thousands like 'em.
As for me, rather than "cut and run" I'll be cutting and pasting this to my e-mail recipients.
Thanks again for posting these words from a true American Hero.
"The American people have not been asked to sacrifice anything. Unless you are in the military or the family member of a servicemember, its life as usual...the war doesn't affect you."
Ain't that the truth, and that is part of the problem.
Our troops will prevail, they are on the right side of history.
God bless the author of this email! Very well stated! God bless our troops and their leaders, and GW Bush!
well all i can say is i would follow him...he maybe 22 but he is a leader...
Man, this letter should be sent to the National Archives.
This letter needs to be broadcasted, Very humbling and true, God Bless Our Brave Troops.
Thank you for the pings.
God bless Sgt. Jeffers.
And God bless all those who serve, support, love, and honor our country!
That letter hit home hard. Thank you for sharing and God Bless your son and your family.
We owe so much to your son that we will never be able to repay him. God Bless Him.
Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters
I understand your son's feelings of frustration and doubt. I recently returned to the States, after a year over here. I was compositely incensed by what's passing for "news coverage", by the MSM. I found myself continually telling friends and family, " Don't believe what you're seeing and reading. They (the MSM) refuse to report anything positive. They focus only on the negative."
You have every reason to be proud of your son. You obviously did a fine job in raising him. I salute you both.
What branch of the Service is Eddie in and what is his rank. If I, by chance, run into him, I'd like to tell him that I read his letter and thank him for saying what so many of us, soldier and civilian alike, are feeling about the apparent disconnect between "public opinion" and the truth.
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to don violence on their behalf."-- George Orwell
I need to check the spell-check. 8-)
Excellent letter and very moving. God bless our brave troops.
Thank You for the ping.
ping. Thought you might want to see this (again).
The professionals do a better job at posting! LOL
First, to the people on the ping list, please forgive me for using it for another purpose. I think this letter deserves a reading. Or two.
David, I can't thank you enough for sharing your son's words. I can imagine the range of emotion they brought forth. I just finished reading Andrew Carroll's collection of war letters dating back to the Civil War. You're right...they don't come close to echoing the understanding of the political dimension of war that Eddie has given us.
McGavin, your words are right on, but we need them said where they can be heard by all the Eddies in Iraq and Afghanistan. These words of encouragement need to be a daily part of the national newscasts and they need to be in the major Dailies all across the country. That's our job, if we truly support our troops. Eddie told us that the enemy is changing, that certain Americans are undermining the success of our military.
It's now up to us to take up arms (words) and fight the good fight. Make your voice heard, through letters and e-mails and phone calls - whatever it takes - so that when Eddie reads his hometown daily online, he can see there that he is supported by Americans at home.
My version of troop support to date has been sending care packages overseas. That's going to change, personally. I took an oath of enlistment to protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It's time to live up to that oath. Anyone else willing to fight this battle?
I have tears streaming down my face and goosebumps a mile high... God Bless our brave soldiers and their families.
Thank you for posting this.