Friday, January 21, 2005

Not Separated

WOW
Did you hear/see/read the President’s Inaugural speech??? Find it at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/01/20050120-1.html
Many parts were actually inspiring. The President is a daily reader of the bible and I guess you can’t read the scriptures every day and not have something like this come out.
And how about this manifestation of Christianity:
“In America's ideal of freedom, the exercise of rights is ennobled by service, and mercy, and a heart for the weak. Liberty for all does not mean independence from one another. Our nation relies on men and women who look after a neighbor and surround the lost with love. Americans, at our best, value the life we see in one another, and must always remember that even the unwanted have worth. And our country must abandon all the habits of racism, because we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time. “
I hope that has whetted your appetite and you will read the rest of the speech. In history American Presidents acknowledged heavy reliance on the hand of God, especially in times of war. Today it seems strong to some. In fact, the speech caused a media pundit to accuse President Bush of proclaiming himself a prophet and a mouthpiece for God. Very interesting times, are they not?
That is far more interesting than what is going on here. We are out of armor kits, for the most part. We may be idle for up to 2 weeks, when the next ones arrive. Several shipping systems are being shut down until the election is over. The Air Force guys who worked here for the last 2 weeks or so “accidentally” left some of their older tool kits for us to use, a little kindness for use of our place. We are becoming better equipped and skilled for our work.
In addition, it has been eerily quiet here, no incoming for almost 2 weeks! I don’t think I’ve been through a longer quiet period. Maybe the bad guys have been focusing on Baghdad with all the increased car-bombing there. You won’t catch it in the news, but there has been no news about Fallujah lately because the latest actions there killed about 1500 terrorists and, probably, simply, there has not been much going on there. I think similar operations are being carried out in Mosul now. The success over here has been tremendous if you want to take my word for it.
Finally, here is a picture from the 2nd LDS baptism in Kirkuk (as far as we know). Behind the scenes, right next to the pepsi, is a gutted boom-boom. You can’t see it as well, but the wind-chime behind it is a rusted relic, a little hanging thing for large gun shells. Just a day in the life in…Iraq.
Ernie

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