One of my sons serves in the military. He is still stateside, here in California. He
called me yesterday to let me know how warm and welcoming people were to him, and
his troops, everywhere he goes, telling mw people shake their hands, and thank them
for being willing to serve, and fight, for not only our own freedoms but so that
others may have them also.
But he also told me about an incident in the grocery store he stopped at yesterday,
on his way home from the base. He said that ahead of several people in front of him
stood a woman dressed in a burkha.
He said when she got to the cashier she loudly remarked about the U.S. flag lapel
pin the cashier wore on her smock.
The cashier reached up and touched the pin, and said proudly," Yes, I always wear it
and probably always will."
The woman in the burkha then asked the cashier when she was going to stop bombing
country men, explaining that she was Iraqi.
A gentleman standing behind my son stepped forward, putting his arm around my son's
shoulders, and nodding towards my son, said in a calm and gentle voice to the Iraqi
Lady, hundreds of thousands of men and women like this young man have fought and
died so that YOU could stand here, in MY country and accuse a check-out cashier of
bombing YOUR countrymen.
It is my belief if you had been this outspoken in YOUR own country, we wouldn't need
to be there today.
But, hey, if you have now learned how to speak out so loudly and clearly, I'll
gladly buy you a ticket and pay your way back to Iraq so you can straighten out the
mess in YOUR country that you are obviously here in MY country to avoid."