Friday, November 11, 2005

The Conscientious Objector

I would like to offer my gratitude to all Veterans on this Veterans day that have contributed to the cause to keep Freedom alive.

I watched an incredible Documentary last night called the, "The Conscientious Objector".

On Memorial day we offer gratitude to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. On Veterans day, One of the many contributions that our surviving soldiers have been asked to do is to carry a weapon and kill our enemy and suffer the trauma that goes with that sacrifice.

This movie portrays the story of a WWII medic that suffered ridicule for his refusal to carry a weapon, but later after miraculous feats of heroism, walked into withering barrages of enemy fire to save the very comrades that had previously criticized him. His heroism and mysterious ability to avoid gunfire in combat, won the respect of his fellow soldiers.

My young daughter told me that his example is inspiring, but she hopes not all of our soldiers imitate it. I too admire those vetrens that have killed the wicked, so the innocent may live free, but this man's example is that he contributed to the war against evil in the way that he was capable of giving. He was a devout Christian that observed the Sabbath and read the bible in a foxhole. He realized the fight against the Japanese would continue without him, but as a combat medic, he could save lives. Navajo codetalkers contributed in the ways that they were able to contribute. The Tuskeegee airmen offered what they could. They all share one thing in common. They didn't make excuses. They recognized evil, agreed work needed to be done in opposition to it, and they put their lives on the line to contribute to the cause of freedom.

Today, we live in a world of anti-establishment, antiwar, hatefilled liberals that attack the Americans that are fighting for freedom, but not offering a solution or even admitting that freedom is in danger. If they are against killing, even if they are against killing evil monsters, this man offers an example of how a devout and principled man can stand by his pacifist christian beliefs and still stand firmly on the side of freedom.

Harry Truman gave Doss the Medal of Honor upon his safe return home to the land of the free and the home of the Brave.

Watch the trailer here. I watched it on the LA PAX channel, check your local listings.

To Desmond Doss, and all our Veterans, I offer my thanks. Happy Veterans day.


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