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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Peacemaker (n) -a person who establishes peace, especially between others

Sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, 30 men got on a helicopter in Afghanistan. They woke up prepared to do their jobs, whatever they were.

They did not return home-killed in a helicopter crash. Among them, multiple members of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community; SEALs, for the uninitiated. Reportedly, many of them were from a NSW unit here in Hampton Roads made public-and famous-by the execution of Osama bin Laden.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.

For far too many Americans, the military represents the antithesis of peacemaking. It’s big, cumbersome, heavy, and-as my first CO told me-its purpose is to “kill people and blow (stuff) up.” These are the people who refer to the military as “baby killers” and “murderers;” who see the uniform as a method of “forcing” American ideals on people who may not want them.

But when we look what motivates our military to fulfill that purpose, what do you find? Why are we, at times when other methods fail, required to engage in the most primitive of human instincts?

Under the violence-what most people never see or hear about-is a desire to protect the lives of the innocent, unsuspecting-and yes, sometimes unappreciative-among us. To liberate the oppressed, so others may live. To make peace-often in places where it has never existed.

That is why many of us served, and serve-not for medals, glory, or some adrenaline rush-but in the hope that in our reality of war and its suffering, others will know a peace whose costs will never be truly known or understood. We take nothing for ourselves, save the scars of war and the solace that comes with knowing that when our nation and her people required peace, we provided it.

And sometimes, creating, as well as maintaining, that peace does requires a level of violence. It requires us to move that big, cumbersome machine to kill people and blow stuff up. Not for conquest, or to build on some mythical “American empire.” To create a peace for our countrymen, and just maybe, for others as well.

Somewhere between Friday night and Saturday morning, 30 men lost their lives doing their jobs, whatever they were. In a society where we have a desire to fully identify our heroes, we need not know their names.

“Peacemaker” will suffice.

The Navy SEAL Foundation‘s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. Please visit their website, and consider making a donation.


Written by Coby Dillard

August 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

Posted in Editorials

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