Memorial Day and Israel Dr. Michael L, Ford 25 May 2006 When the Prime Minister of Israel addressed Congress and the American people, since the speech was carried live, I listened very carefully to all he had to say. One thing that the media overlooked I quote to you here verbatim. Ehud Olmert, not far into his speech said: “This coming Monday, the 29th of May, you commemorate Memorial Day for America's fallen. The graves of brave American soldiers are scattered throughout the world, in Asia and in the Pacific, throughout Europe and Africa, in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. The pain of the families never heals and the void they leave is never filled. It is impossible to think of a world in which America was not there in the honorable service of humanity. On Monday, when the stars and the stripes are lowered to half mast, we, the people of Israel, will bow our heads for you.” When he said those words, one had the feeling it was not a matter of pure political rhetoric, but words spoken with true feeling. It brought back the memory of something I first heard when I was a young man. A speaker recalled the various crises in the world during United State’s history. He relayed that when people fled persecution in their lands they came to America. And, when people in other lands needed help facing brutal dictators and intractable enemies they looked to America. Many times, before the United States had formally entered into conflicts, American men had already gone over on their own volition to fight and die for the freedoms of others because they held such freedom dear. The speaker wondered if America should be in trouble whom would she call on? And, if Americans should ever need to flee, to where would they flee? Well today America is in trouble. She is facing a common enemy, one that Israel had trouble with even before that nation was reborn. There is nowhere to run, and no reasoning with the enemy, though some cowards in our midst delude themselves into thinking so. This enemy has dared to assert itself because it believes the U.S. has lost its moral compass and therefore the will to be free. And, there are some who through capitulation would make the sacrifices of the past meaningless. Shame on them!
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