Believe in equality

Author: W. K. Hayes

Show respect for equality and for those who protect us.

Born of patience, it is very, very seldom anyone can manage to crawl underneath, my skin. However, I was reading a news article about the bombing in Egypt and the anti-Christian sentiment, there that led to the bombing.

After reading the article, I decided to cruise on down and read some of the comments when I read this, one comment that lit a fire under me and I am still mad about it.

This, person, suggested that Christians form an army to help Christians overseas fight since the soldiers of today weren’t capable of doing their jobs and should be ashamed of themselves. Yea…that flew all over, me!

After blasting this person for being such a worthless piece of crud, I, counted to ten and then I realized, many people do not know what is really going on in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Regardless, his comment warrants enough to have his sorry hide kicked out of America. Please do not take this wrong. Nothing would be greater than, for these wars to end but the threat is still there and hearing an American cut down the soldiers fighting to keep the war over there while protecting this commentor, over here, ticks me off.

As a firm believer in the Freedom of Speech, I believe all people have the right to their opinion. However, referring to Muslims as, ‘Towel Heads’, and referring to his supposed, fellow solders as being, ‘worthless’, and you can understand my anger.

I, detest racism on any level. The instant one person thinks they are better than another human being they are indeed, a racist. Regardless of color, gender, religion, short, fat, or tall…if one person, thinks themselves, better, than their fellow human being, they are racist.

Getting past, my strict regard for absolute equality, I watched a little known documentary called, Restrepo. The documentary follows a group of soldiers who spent over a year in the Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan.

From the moment, they arrived until the day they left; they were, shot at every single day. Many, a good man was, wounded or killed in action, in that little seven-mile, strip of tall mountains while fighting for their lives.

Many Americans simply do not understand the rules of engagement. Rule number one; do not shoot unless you are, shot at first. This makes sense…okay, not really. I am sorry but should I see a man with a gun, I am opening fire and it is, that simple.

Ultimately, it is the sincerest wish that any one watch this movie although, it is graphic and those will be actual events you see, as they took place. Just as a quick reminder, the title of the documentary is, Restrepo.

Secondly, racism comes in all flavors and those flavors are villainous evil. Rise above such nonsense and embrace each other with devout respect and equality regardless of gender, color, ethnic background, religeous beliefs or anything else that is used to make a person feel less than they are worth.

Thank you for reading this article-slash-rant. No matter what nation you serve, in the defense of that nation you have my undying respect.

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Seakay 5 years ago from Florida

My twin brothers served in Nam. Talk about an unpopular war (not that any are popular). I was blessed. They both returned. Even GI Jane Fonda has aplogized for her actions for that one. My husband was also in the Navy during Nam. However, there will always be those who speak without thinking. Forgive them. Try not to let it embitter you. There are many good causes to take up and champion for the sake of our wounded warriers. It is far more rewarding than ranting (not that it is unjustified) and helps your blood pressure level. Just remember, they are idiots! and then LOL!


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thank you Seakay, I have a strong affinity for anyone in the armed services...No one asks to go to war...they're made to. I can respect a person speaking out against war...that, I can appreciate but to say anything bad about the soldiers over there fighting for their lives while protecting us against a bunch of psychos really gets to me. I'll practice counting to ten first lol


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

hear hear for what ir right.

racism is the bane of our generation and fanaticism needs to go what ever its color.we need to keep raising our voices till the voices become so loud that they drown out the zealots even if it means shouting into the darkness all life.

keep at it friend


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thank you Neeleshkulkarni, I really do hate inequality on any level. We're all here on the same planet. We are all born just as it is certain that we will all die...who can escape either? So, while we are here, we should be good to one another and help each other to find happiness in life.

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