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September 23, 2003

Cigars for everybody

Yes, cigars, for today the Ghost of a flea is... a blogfather! The Flea rattles its ghostly chains in glee!

This is funny moment for the Flea. There is blogosphere pride and a feeling of participating in this on-line revolution we are making for ourselves. But there is also a personal feeling of humility that anything I have to say would be useful or interesting to the author of Pinwheels and Orange Peels, a Captain in the USAF. Take this, for example:

When I was at field training (basic training for ROTC cadets) every time a military jet flew over my flight the TI would yell "What's that sound?" and we would have to yell back "The sound of freedom!" And we meant it.



I am brought up short here because of something I want to express. The feeling is so clear to me that it is difficult to find the words which could express it directly enough.

To everyone serving in the armed forces of the United States: you are heroes to me. Nothing I believe, nothing I do or say, nothing I teach, nothing I research or write about, nobody I love, none of the places I have called home, none of my aspirations... none of it... none of it is possible and none of it is safe without the sword and the arm of the most generous, most daring people in history. Thank you. Thank you for defending us all. Thank you for bringing freedom to people who gave birth to the suffering of September 11, 2001. There is nothing I can do to repay you properly. I can only pay you respect and express my gratitude. Thank you all. Thank you, Captain.

To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and into the death. So we had won after all ...
- Winston Churchill

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 23, 2003 08:55 AM


Many thanks for the kind words and the links. I am still in shock that with all the great writing out there the Flea would find my little blog worthy.

Posted by: Ian at September 24, 2003 01:47 AM