by Allen West on July 9, 2014
If there’s one thing I know about it’s the human cost of war. I felt it in the two lumps on my dad’s head. I saw it when my mom had that sullen look on her face as she prepared the travel orders for the fallen Marines during the Vietnam War. And I also experienced it as a youngster praying each night for my older brother while he was in Vietnam.
During my 22 years of active duty service, and my two-and-a-half years as a civilian-military adviser, I saw it up close. My wife Angela knows of it as a daughter and as my battle buddy. And now I fret over my nephew and all my friends still serving.
It has been said by many that, “only the dead have seen the end of war.”
If that maxim holds true, then what can we do in these troubling and perilous times?
I ask that question as I read about the sermon delivered by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. I watch the growing conflagration between Israel and Hamas — knowing that Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah have signed a reconciliation agreement with Hamas.
Japan has recently decided to abandon its constitution precluding them from having a large military beyond self-defense. China and Russia are building a modern day axis supported by client states such as Iran, Syria, and North Korea. And even here in our own hemisphere and along our southern border, we are witnessing a collapse of the rule of law and our sovereignty.
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