Tuesday, January 30, 2007

“Don't give up, don't ever give up.”

Thanks to Marc Sabin for sending this letter from Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya.

“I'm Tired. Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I'll return to Iraq to finish my tour. I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam. Maybe it's because I'll turn 60 years old injust four months, but I'm tired:

I'm tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican who lack the courage, fortitude, and character to see these difficult tasks through.

I'm tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.

I'm tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they Support the Troops by wanting them to Cut and Run before victory is achieved.

I'm tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.

I'm tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy over night.

I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.

I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs this war by givingaid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.

I'm tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers. A family whose loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.

I'm tired that my generation, the Baby Boom -- Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can't stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.

I'm tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.

I'm tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by thepress, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.

Mostly, I'm tired that the people of this great nation didn't learn from history that there is no substitute for Victory.”


Joe Repya

U. S. Army, 101st Airborne

You've got to love the Army Airborne. The picture at the top is my grandson's base in Mosul. John is with the 82nd Airborne and is a Kiowa helicopter mechanic. He says the mortar and rocket fire is particularly loud lately, and it is hard to distinguish the incoming and outgoing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill thank you so much for sending this. If the left would only listen to the real truth!! God Bless them all. They will be in my prayers!!!!! I'm sending this to my Lib friends!!


10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bill!
Gotta love a guy pushing ahead at 60 too.

Did you get those "long hard slog" count-your-blessings Iraq pictures I sent you a few days ago?

It's eerie what an impression inconvenience and slop make on people back here in our country - seemingly more so than the carnage/lethality aspect.


10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bill

Thank you and thank Mark for contributing this article.

Too bad the left leaning liberal loonies and politicians cannot see what damage they are doing to this country with their feckless, immediate gratification, crtiticism, and non solutions to the problems facing us and the world. Unfortuntely California's representatives are among the forefront of the libbies.


8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sentiments exactly Colonel Joe Repya.


8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never give in. Never give in.
Never, never, never, never--
in nothing, great or small,
large or petty--never give in,
except to convictions of honor and good sense.

Never yield to force.
Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Winston Churchill - 1941


3:37 PM  

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