Soldier's Last Words

'Let me not mourn for men who have died fighting,
but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived'
Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

It is my honor to forward this. Please read it. Regardless of
your  political stance. Regardless of whether you are
right-wing or left,  moderate, conservative or liberal - none
of that matters. What matters is that you are an American.
If you are an AMERICAN, please read it. Think
about it. Remember it. Act on it. The writing is beautiful;
the message essential.

We ALL hear when one of the 'Phony' soldiers rant and
rave about how they hated the service and how this is all so
bad.. Bet you did not see the  following on TV. I didn't!
Listen Up CBS, CNN, Cindy Sheehan, Al Franken by
Louisa  Centanni
SGT. Edmund John Jeffer's last few words were some of
the most touching, inspiring and most truthful words spoken
since the tragedy of 9/11 - and since our nation went to
war.
SGT. Jeffers was a strong soldier and talented writer. He
died in Iraq on September 19, 2007. He was a loving
husband, brother and son. His service  was more than this
country could ever grasp - but the least you can do for
the man who sacrificed his life for you is listen to what he
had to say.
Listen up and pay attention to all of the Cindy Sheehans
and Al Frankens of  the world. To MSNBC, CNN, and
CBS. To all who call themselves Americans
Hope Rides Alone.
By Eddie Jeffers

I stare out into the darkness from my post, and I watch the
city burn to the ground. I smell the familiar smells, I walk
through the familiar rubble, and I look at the frightened
faces that watch me pass down the streets of their
neighborhoods.

My nerves hardly rest; my hands are steady on a device
that has been given to me from my government for the
purpose of taking the lives of  others. I sweat, and I am
tired. My back aches from the  loads I carry.
Young American boys look to me to direct them in a
manner that will someday  allow them to see their families
again.

And yet, I too, am just a boy....my age not but a few years
more than that of the ones I lead. I am stressed, I am
scared, and I am paranoid... because death is  everywhere.

It waits for me, it calls to me from around street corners
and windows, and........it is always there.

There are the demons that follow me, and tempt me into
thoughts and actions that are not my own...but that are
necessary for survival. I've made compromises with my
humanity. And I am not alone in this. Miles from me are my
brethren in this world, who walk in the same streets...
who feel the same things, whether they admit to it or not.
And to think, I volunteered for this... And I am ignorant to
the  rest of the world...or so I thought.
But even thousands of miles away, in Ramadi, Iraq, the
cries and screams and complaints of the ungrateful reach
me.
In a year, I will be thrust back into society from a life and
mentality that doesn't fit your average man. And then, I will
be alone.

And then, I will walk down the streets of America, and see
the yellow ribbon stickers on the cars of the same people
who compare our President to Hitler.

I will watch the television and watch the Cindy Sheehans,
and the Al  Frankens, and the rest of the ignorant sheep of
America spout off their  mouths about a subject they know
nothing about.

It is their right, however, and it is a right that is defended by
hundreds of thousands of boys and girls scattered across
the world, far from home.

I use the words boys and girls, because that's what they
are. In the Army, the average age of the infantryman is
nineteen years old.

The average rank of soldiers killed in action is Private First
Class. People like Cindy Sheehan are ignorant. Not just to
this war, but to the results of their idiotic ramblings, or, at
least I hope they are.

They don't realize its effects on this war. In this war,
there are no Geneva Conventions, no cease fires.

Medics and Chaplains are not spared from the enemy's
brutality because it's against the rules.

I can only imagine the horrors a military Chaplain would
experience at the hands of the enemy.

The enemy slinks in the shadows and fights a coward's war
against us. It is effective though, as many men and women
have died since the start of this war.

And the memory of their service to America is tainted by
the inconsiderate remarks on our nation's news outlets.

And every day, the enemy changes...only now, the enemy
is becoming something new. The enemy is transitioning
from the Muslim extremists to Americans. The enemy is
becoming the very people whom we defend with our lives.

And they do not realize it.

But in denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders,
denouncing the war we live and fight,they are isolating the
military from society and they are becoming our enemy.

SenateDemocrats and peace activistslike to toss the word
'quagmire' aroundand compare this war toVietnam.In a
way they are right, this war is becoming like Vietnam.

Not the actual war, but in the isolation of country and
military. America is not a nation at war; they are a nation
with its military at war. Like it or not, we are here, some of
us for our second, or third times; some even for their fourth
and so on.

Americans are so concerned now with politics, that it is
interfering with our war.

Terrorists cut the heads off of American citizens on the
Internet... and there is no outrage, but an American soldier
kills an Iraqi in the midst of battle, and there are
investigations, and sometimes soldiers are even
jailed...for doing their job. It is absolutely sickening to me
to think our country has come to this.

Why are we so obsessed with the bad news?

Why will people stop at nothing to be against this war, no
matter how much evidence of the good we've done is
thrown in their face? When is the last time CNN or
MSNBC or CBS reported the opening of schools and
hospitals in Iraq ? Or the leaders of terror cells being
detained or killed?

It's all happening, but people will not let up their hatred of
Bush. They will ignore the good news, because it just might
show people that Bush was right.

America has lost its will to fight. It has lost its will to
defend what is right and just in the world.

The crazy thing of it all is that the American people have
not even been asked to sacrifice a single thing.

It's not like World War Two, where people rationed food,
and turned in cars to be made into metal for tanks.

The American people have not been asked to sacrifice
anything. Unless you are in the military or the family
member of a service member, it's life as  usual...the war
doesn't affect you. But it affects us.

And when it is over, and the troops come home, and they
try to piece together what's left of them after their
service...where will the detractors be then?

Where will the Cindy Sheehans be to comfort and talk to
soldiers and help them sort out the last couple years of their
lives, most of which have been spent dodging death and
wading through the deaths of their friends?
They will be where they always are, somewhere far away,
where the horrors of the world can't touch them.

Somewhere where they can complain about things they will
never experience in their lifetime; things that the young men
and women of America have willingly taken upon their
shoulders.

We are the hope of the Iraqi people. They want what
everyone else wants in life: safety, security, somewhere to
call home.They want a country that is safe to raise their
children in. Not a place where their children will be
abducted, raped, and murdered if they do not comply with
the terrorists demands.

They want to live on, rebuild and prosper. And America
has given them the opportunity, but only if we stay true to
the cause, and see it to its end.

But the country must unite in this endeavor... we cannot
place the burden on our military alone. We must all stand
up and fight, whether in uniform or not. And supporting us
is more than sticking yellow ribbon stickers on your
cars. It's supporting our President, our troops and our
cause.

Right now, the burden is all on the American soldiers. Right
now, hope rides alone.

But it can change, it must change. Because there is only
failure and darkness ahead for us as a country, as a people,
if it doesn't.

Let's stop all the political nonsense, let's stop all the
bickering, let's stop all the bad news, and let's stand and
fight!

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Eddie's father, David Jeffers, writes:

I'm not sure how many letters or articles you've ever read
from the genre of 'News from the Front,' but this is one of
the best I've ever read, including all of America's wars.

As I was reading this, I forgot that it was my son who had
written it. My emotions range from great pride to great
sorrow,

knowing that my little boy (22 years old) has become this
man. He is my hero. God bless.

Though Eddie is no longer with us, you can help
to let his voice be heard. And pass his words on to others...

HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE MILITARY THERE
WOULD BE NO AMERICA