You stay up for 16 hours.
He stays up for days on end.
You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.
You complain of a "headache", and call in sick
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.
You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.
You make sure your cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.
You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.
You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn't get to eat today.
Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.
You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.
You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.
You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet
You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.
You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He does exactly what he is told.
You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.
You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep but gets awakened by mortars and helicopters all night long.
You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him.
If only there were more men like him.
One of the benefits of discussing such a topic on a board such as this is that you don't have to deal with the contorted, and hate filled faces as the liberals call you names without knowing anything about what they are talking about.
OBL did say that he would continue to send his killers in ever increasing numbers and we should all convert to Islam to end the war. He also said that he was disappointed with the Democrates for not stopping the war after the American people elected them to do just that (paraphrased) The Seattle Times, not Fox news.
If you want to get some facts on WMD and a little more insight into what happened read the Duelfer report at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/duelfer/index.html
As far as I am concerned, it is people like you and the news media who want to give up, hate Bush and say you support the troops and not the war who are killing our troops. Your encouragement to the enemy is no different from Hanoi Jane and it has the same effect of keeping them going and keeping the killers coming.
I'm not sure why I bother writing this. This stuff is really way over your head.
There seems to be an array of atheists here. Both short and long NFI and both left and right politically.
I, unlike you, can't speak for all of my kind, but I don't wish anyone to change there faith. I want those whose choose an irrational doctrine to be able to keep there choice, but leave it at home and church (and equivalent) and not bring it to law making, law adjudicating and the control for censorship (probably more if I thought about it), where I have to suffer the consequences.
Bush's faith based initiatives have no place in governemnt.
I'll answer you for the last time since your strident actions indicate that you are off your medication and probably got out of your restraints to find a computer. I don't believe in a God based on my intellectual reasoning of the affairs around me and the actions of others that I believe a God would not allow, You apparently don't believe in a God simply because you don't want to. If a God did exist and made its presence, you undoubtedly would either consider it a creationist trick or see if it can be destroyed.
Those who do not sometimes envy the ability to believe in a God or Divine Being obviously have little to live for and will be happy when their existence ends. Not to envy those that find comfort in the belief that they are here on earth for more than to use up oxygen, to believe that after their short stay they will again be able to be with the ones they loved and lost, and to believe that they will be able to finally understand the reason for their life and creation, have little purpose here on earth and no overriding reason to act in the best interests of humanity. While I can't intellectually believe that this is true, I certainly would welcome it if a hand came down and said "hey buddy, I'm here."
Does this make me or anyone else nutty? I think it makes me wish to be more than some freak of accident that results in no value to eternity. Those that wish otherwise see themselves as meaningless grains of sand in time and have little intellectual ability to want more.
Astrophysics...way beyond me, so I envy your ability to understand the complexity of that field.
I have a Business Management Degree and have started my own business & tend to look at the big picture first leading toward the complex details. My coming to belief in Christ was a process that did not begin until I returned from Vietnam . (I was part of SAC- 100 SRW in a U2 wing stationed in Bien Hoa.) Being a skeptic by nature I began examining the claims of Christ. I soon realized that either His claims were those of a lunatic, liar or as Lord. The claims He made about himself were unbelieveable...I mean the Son of God....comeon. But it was not "blind faith". I never could go for that. It was more a series of step proofs of truth ,that I grew to accept as true over time. That was in 1972 and though the road has been hard sometimes, my faith in Him sustains me. He has never left me or forsaken me... just as He said. I am more convinced than ever that the God who created everything cares about me.
I mean just as there are physical laws of the universe there are moral laws and Christians believe ( with observable evidence to support) God created both. It's the only reason why certain morals are universally accepted as moral absolutes (i.e stealing, murder, false witness, etc). Do we fail? Sure, but just like physical laws the moral laws remain. When cultures remove these moral absolutes they eventuially degenerate (i.e Rome).
In my humble opinion, there are three great proofs of God existance: 1) the intelligent design seen everywhere and in everything 2) the huge off the chart complexity(i.e. DNA) seen everywhere and in everything and 3) The Son of God (Jesus Christ) who was sent to earth by God to make a way for fallen human beings to be forgiven for their moral law violations,... and return to the God who created them.
I think the big and small picture shows more observable evidence for God than against Him, no matter where you look. Best wishes.
If you read my posts I SAID KILL THEM. That is OBL and his crew. Why are they still alive. Of course, so we can have a war on terror.It always amazes me how ignorant americans are. The I saw it on TV mentallity still rules. No wonder they can't make any money in the market. They watch CNBC and believe Uncle Ben is gonna lower rates to bail them out when they bought into the last bubble. They bought at the top of the dot com. Now they mortgaged their homes to flip property in this bubble and are getting killed NFI is a good example of this. Do a little DD. Did anyone notice the price of oil and the dollar. Come on, Dubya screwed up the war and the economy. He will leave office with his tail between his legs.
He did NOT say that!
They are nobody's words!
The lies from the White House about WMDs were to scare their citizens to allow Bush and his other ex-oil executives to take Iraq oil and kill his family's arch enemy.
The war was started because of WMDs. Do not allow him to change this reason.