The Dillard Doctrine

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Obeying Orders

“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.” Pres. George W. Bush, Sept. 20, 2001.

In a time of great terror, our nation’s leaders came together under a common cause: to defend the American ideals of freedom and democracy that were attacked by Islamic fundamentalists. Now, those same leaders have allowed a growing sense of defeatism to run rampant through our government and our country.

Our Congress and our nation would do well to remember the words of President Bush on September 20, 2001. Before a wounded nation, the president warned us of a protracted struggle against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Unable to define a global struggle that transcended nations, he spoke thirteen words that, in the days following, became the rallying cry for the nation. In the face of a conflict that would last for generations, the president directed that we would not grow tired or falter in defense of our freedom-nor would we fail to defend it.

Yet today, six years after those words have spoken, we have tired and our resolve has faltered. But we have not failed. And at this critical juncture, it is important that we not lose sight of the following:

America is a country that was founded from a struggle for freedom, and has a duty to defend the idea of freedom. The Declaration of Independence states that all men are equally entitled to the rights of life and liberty. To secure those rights, the signers pledged their “lives, fortunes, and (their) sacred honor.” That same pledge echoes in the oaths of commissioning and enlistment into the military. As a country that was founded on the idea of freedom, it is our responsibility to defend that idea wherever and whenever it is threatened.

Defending the freedom of others reinforces the strength of our freedom. Both in Iraq and Afghanistan, a people who were repressed under a tyrannical system of government were given a choice between that system and a democratic government. In both instances, the democratic way was chosen by the people. In speaking with one voice to choose democracy over a repressive regime, two countries gave added their voice to countless others who believe in the strength of freedom.

In this struggle between freedom and extremism, more lives will be lost, and we will occasionally lose sight of our end objective. But it is critical that we not abandon the ideas and visions that have made our nation great. In a conflict that threatens our very way of life, we must not fail to defend the one thing that keeps America strong-freedom.




Written by Coby Dillard

October 9, 2007 at 1:55 pm

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