WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT |
December 04, 2006
WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
Posting date: 12/4/06
Stationed in: Afghanistan
Milblog url: armysailor.com
At the end of the movie The Green Berets, John Wayne tells a little Vietnamese boy "You're what this is all about..."
I cannot speak to the motivation for much of what we do at the political level, but I can say
for those of us out here, boots-on-ground, every day, the women and children of this country are what it's all about.
Each day that I see families living in the conditions that they are forced to endure over here, I am thankful that my own family is safe and secure back at home. Afghanistan has given me one great gift, which seems most appropriate for this time of year: It has made me very thankful for all that I have. When I rotate back to the world, life will have a far richer flavor.
Although I do sometimes feel resentful at my being over here, because of my separation from those I love, I have to admit that the resentment fades away when I look at these children. I feel for them. By what luck was I fortunate enough to be born in the U.S, or any first-world country for that matter? That alone is reason to give thanks.