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Can there ever be the "Gift of Freedom"?
The old East Berliners words (03/88) were hollow. They were hollow because a man who once knew, had freedom as the essince of his soul and lost it could not believe something so great and wounderful could return in his life time again. He approched me because I an American in uniform "was freedom", He could talk about freedom and I could and would understand 100% of what he said and had lost. Only a people who have had such a wonderful thing as freedom will finally say enough and rise up agian and be free because they and only they know it is so great, that the ultimate sacrifice of of every countrymans life is brought to the table to achive this. All seen local intel is reported by all, this never stops its what keeps the US free today. We report all we see in every neighborhood everyday without the worry if it will cost us our lives. we know freedom as the essince of our souls, as the way we think and live, the way our children will live, the process to remain free is a daily process. To some who has never known it it is something magical like Disney World, magical, unknown and a magical unknown will never bring every countryman willing to sacrifice their life to the process. The missing link in Vietnam and Iraq was not having 100% local intel. My Grandparents escaped as the soviet union was closing the iron curtain on thier wonderful homeland of Lithuania , This small Baltic state in the early 90's ROARED "ENOUGH" and all rose to the challange to once again became a free Proud nation, because they never stopped being proud nor forgot the greatness of freedom. My father knowing only to well from his parents that something so great could be lost joined the Navy at 16 in 1927, retired 36 years later as a CWO4. I picked up in 1969 and served till the very early 90's when a screwup at Evans hospital ended my career with a medical retirement.
To the people of Iraq I say "There is no FREE in FREEdom", until ALL of the countryman are willing to report what is seen every night at the risk of loss of life, "the process has not yet begun" and many lives from soldiers of other nations are being lost because of the missing local intel.
Many, many Europians can tell you that there is no FREE in freedom as freedom was reclaimed by them and thier country's flag fly proudly in the free wind today. Why is such a small country as Tiawan so brave agianst china? Freedom is part of thier souls.
Gary L Senkus
SFC, USA
Retired
LaJunta, CO
More thoughts a few minutes later,

In 1776 did the civilians of our great nation scream for another countries army to protect them while the freedom process was happening? NO, they were ready to die for it. After we were attacked at Pearl were not the factories full of women workers because the men of this great country of ours were gone and ready to lay down their lives because our freedom was theatened. Freedom is a process that requires the people as a whole in a nation be ready to give their life for any minute, any day. "It cannot be given as a gift", it has been proven by/to us in 3rd world countries on a smaller scale that it will only change dictators. Becomeing free is just the birth of the process, the willingness to die for it is the price that makes it happen and thrive forever after.
GLS
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