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What I Saw During Operation Pillar of Defense
AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Nira Lee

Posted on 11/27/2012 5:18:21 AM PST by RoosterRedux

The eight days of Operation "Pillar of Defense" have been some of the hardest I have ever known physically and emotionally. The college student from Arizona would never have thought it possible to work 20 hours a day, fueled only by adrenaline and longing for just an hour of sleep on a shelter floor -- wearing the same filthy uniform because changing, much less showering, wouldn't allow me to get to a shelter in time when the next rocket barrage hit. And no, wearing the green uniform does not mean that you aren't afraid when the sirens sound.

Had you told me four years ago that there were IDF officers who stayed up all night under a hail of rockets, brainstorming ways to import medical supplies and food to the people of Gaza, I am not sure I would have believed you. But I can tell you it is true because I did it every night.

What amazed me the most was the singular sense of purpose that drove everyone from the base commander to the lowest ranking soldier. We were all focused completely on our mission: to help our forces accomplish their goals without causing unnecessary harm to civilian lives or infrastructure.

It is harder to explain the emotional roller-coaster -- how proud and relieved I felt every time a truck I coordinated entered Gaza, and how enraging it was when we had to shut down the crossing into Gaza after Hamas repeatedly targeted it. Or how invigorating it was help evacuate two injured Palestinians from the border area, only to be informed minutes later that a terrorist had detonated a bomb on a bus near my apartment in Tel Aviv.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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1 posted on 11/27/2012 5:18:28 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

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(listen to audio)

Play SIGN THE DECLARATION

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When in the Course of Human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Those are the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence 1776 and are as true today as they were 236 years ago, and perhaps far more vital to the survival of this great nation and her people today. There is no doubt or argument that America is in the most dire and urgent of situations she has ever seen. The only thing that stands between America and total collapse and invasion by foreign intervention is her people.

In a nation divided by social issues, race, faith, political ideologies and gender, by careful manipulation and design of those in power it is difficult to imagine a people united to one cause. There is however one cause, one great and irrefutable fact which binds us one to the other in America and around the globe; Freedom and Liberty. All men and women are indeed created equal; all are born with unalienable rights endowed by their creator; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. All creatures great and small possess the same right to Freedom and Liberty; to be free of Tyranny and Despotism.

There is a great enthusiasm for the idea of secession from the out of control and unlawful federal government we find ourselves at the mercy of today and there are petitions to that end on the Whitehouse.gov site but is it really about secession? No, none truly believe the overgrown and bloated federal government will dissolve the shackles of slavery so carefully placed on us. It’s not an issue of secession it is an issue of Re-possession; Re-possession of that which has been stolen from us, our Freedom and Liberty. It is not separation we must declare but our RIGHT TO EXIST AS FREE MEN AND WOMEN! THE RIGHT TO LIVE AS FREE AND SECURE IN OUR LIBERTIES AS OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED.

YOU ARE THE ANSWER! UNITE AMERICA AND SPEAK AS WE THE PEOPLE!

LET YOUR VOICES RING TO THE HEAVENS

.... when it hits 25,000 ... they HAVE to address it


2 posted on 11/27/2012 5:20:19 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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3 posted on 11/27/2012 5:26:58 AM PST by SJackson (none of this suggests there are hostile feelings for the US in Egypt, Victoria Nuland, State Dept)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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4 posted on 11/27/2012 5:27:24 AM PST by SJackson (none of this suggests there are hostile feelings for the US in Egypt, Victoria Nuland, State Dept)
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To: RoosterRedux
Few in this country this generation know what it is like to serve your county. Most want the country to serve you hence we are approaching Obama’s Cliff.
5 posted on 11/27/2012 5:39:19 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Yeah, very few civilians have absolutely NO concept of what people in the military go through to protect them. My son recently returned from Afghanistan and he was sent to a remote place to set up a Combat Outpost. He spent over a month and a half wearing the same clothes. 20 hour days were the norm and multiple days in a row without much more then an hour of sleep a day were common.

These kinds of hardships are happening everyday, yet most of us go along in peaceful ignorance of the sacrifices required to keep us free.


6 posted on 11/27/2012 5:43:19 AM PST by ScubieNuc (When there is no justice in the laws, justice is left to the outlaws.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Welcome to the military, Toots. Not like watching a movie, is it? LOL!

The military is now only 1% of the U.S. population -- the lowest percentage in history. Of course there is public support for slashing the 2013 military budget by half.

7 posted on 11/27/2012 7:12:48 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: RoosterRedux

I am reminded of the quote from Captain Willard in the movie Apocalypse Now!:

“It’s a way we had over here for living with ourselves. We cut ‘em in half with a machine gun and give ‘em a Band-Aid. It was a lie. And the more I saw them, the more I hated lies.”

While on the surface, this sounds like the typical leftist anti-war drivel, it was later clarified by Colonel Kurtz as having entirely different meaning.

The problem is *not* the horrors of war. The problems arise from people who refuse to acknowledge that there *is* a war, and that unsympathetic brutality is the way to carry out a war.

You cannot be enemies one day, and friends the next, then enemies a day later; or even worse, try to be enemies with *some* of your enemies, and friends with *other* of your enemies, at the same time. It is madness.

While the US had lots of problems with this in Vietnam, the Israelis have taken it to a nonsensical extreme.

To clarify it for all: The Palestinians are the enemies of the Israelis. All of them. All the time. They cannot be persuaded by *any* means to *not* be the enemies of the Israelis. They indoctrinate their children to hate the Israelis.

The adult men, time and time again, have demonstrated that they are willing to use their own women and children as human shields to attack the Israelis. Yet the Israelis are so horrified at the prospect that they will abandon their weapons and run away, when overwhelmed with a crowd of Paleo women and children.

For the first time, an Israeli leader has stood up and pointed out the glaringly obvious, that the Paleos will never accept peace with Israel, so Israel must deport them to Arab lands if it ever once peace.

His name is Moshe Feiglin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshe_Feiglin

Israel cannot abide to be cruel, but it cannot continue to pretend there is not war between the Paleos and the Israelis. Feiglin has suggested giving $250,000(US) to every Paleo family on condition they leave and never return.

And, as he points out, many Paleo families would be glad to leave for free, if they just were given transportation.

That is, they don’t like living in Gaza either.

So what should it be? Machine guns and band-aids, or a ticket to leave and a fistful of cash.

Which is more humanitarian?


8 posted on 11/27/2012 8:13:06 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: SF_Redux

I agree with most everything on the Audio, BUT they crossed the line when they jumped on the Water being tampered with and the Chem Trail Crap....
Aint gonna put my name on a document like that ....


9 posted on 11/27/2012 8:15:53 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: RoosterRedux

Nira is an idiot.


10 posted on 11/27/2012 3:22:58 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: RoosterRedux

Nira is an idiot.


11 posted on 11/27/2012 3:23:14 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: Robe

all I will say then is, you got a hell of a lot to learn son

but you will soon enough


12 posted on 11/27/2012 5:47:19 PM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: SF_Redux
son?... Son????? Most likely I have ties that are older than you.

FYI I am a retired Commercial pilot... yea one of those “People” creating those “Chem Trails”

Get some education , son, and YOU”LL find out, that those “Trails” are harmless H2O condensing out of the burned fuel. So take your tin foil hat off and stay off Mom's computer

13 posted on 11/28/2012 7:36:23 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Robe; Albion Wilde; expat1000; ExTexasRedhead; cindy-true-supporter; Jimmy Valentine's brother; ...
IF you are really a retired commercial pilot, when was it, during the Bi-Plane era?
other than that you are just a plain old liar
I took these this morning, Dec 1, 2012', at 7:15am in east central Alabama


14 posted on 12/01/2012 5:48:55 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: SF_Redux

You are a very brave one over the internet, what I’d like to say and do would get me banned, and son you’re just not worth it.
Be happy in your delusions


15 posted on 12/01/2012 7:42:53 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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