As some of you may know, one of my sons serves in the military. He is still
stateside, here in California. He called me yesterday to let me know how
warm and welcoming people were to him, and his troops, everywhere he goes,
telling me how people shake their hands, and thank them for being willing to
serve, and fight, for not only our own freedoms but so that others may have
But he also told me about an incident in the grocery store he stopped at
yesterday, on his way home from the base. He said that ahead of several
people in front of him stood a woman dressed in a burkha. He said when she
got to the cashier she loudly remarked about the US flag lapel pin the
cashier wore on her smock.
The cashier reached up and touched the pin, and said proudly, "yes, I always
wear it and I probably always will."
The woman in the burkha then asked the cashier when she was going to stop
bombing her countrymen, explaining that she was Iraqi.
A gentleman standing behind my son stepped forward, putting his arm around
my son's shoulders, and nodding towards my son, said in a calm and gentle
voice to the Iraqi woman: "Lady, hundreds of thousands of men and women like
this young man have fought and died so that YOU could stand here, in MY
country and accuse a check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen. It is my
belief that had you been this outspoken in YOUR own country, we wouldn't
need to be there today. But, hey, if you have now learned how to speak out
so loudly and clearly, I'll gladly buy you a ticket and pay your way back to
Iraq so you can straighten out the mess in YOUR country that you are
obviously here in MY country to avoid."
Everyone within hearing distance cheered.