What do warriors pray to before battle? Do they pray to kill, or
pray for the future of the children of the land? Find out
what warriors pray to and why. And read the Prayer To The
Warriors Of Vigilance, then offer your own.
19, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 553
Warriors Of Vigilance Pray To Before Battle
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Mar. 18-- I used to pray before battle.
I prayed for a swift victory, for those who were about to die, and for
the courage to face death. And I prayed to the Children's
Children's Children, that they would be safer when the battle was
Prior to an engagement with
the enemy, our battalion commander, Colonel Leon Utter of the 2nd
Battalion, 7th Marines in Chu-Lai, Vietnam, would gather us in a
make-shift bamboo church built in the middle of the camp. He
held the service a few hours before we launched our attack on the
enemy. During his talk, he would clutch the American flag
that stood near the altar and thrust it forward in the ball of his
fist. He reminded us that the red stripes in the flag
represented the blood of all those before us who had died for freedom.
And that if we died, our blood would flow in the fabric.
Battle mass in
Colonel Utter didn't ask us to
kill the enemy. He asked us to believe in our cause.
He reminded us we were fighting for the children of Vietnam, for their
He also talked about the
bravery of the enemy, and how they would fight hard for their beliefs,
and that those who fell on the enemy side would be honored for their
courage and duty as we would be. It was gladiatorial.
We were raising our swords in tribute to one another. We saluted
them, an ancient tradition of respect between warriors that goes back
to Medieval Times when two opposing knight met in the battlefields.
They would charge up on their stallions, stop, and lift their visors
so they could look each other in the eye before battle. The
salute progressed to its modern stature of raising one's hand to the
soldier's blood flows in the red stripes of America's flag of
In the end, American warriors were driven
from Vietnam, not because of the warriors' inability to fight for
freedom, but because of the politics of a war badly managed.
Vietnam never was a war based on a
strategy of victory. We were continuously held back from
using our offensive powers by a mish-mash of political deceptions and
confusions at the top of the leadership ladder.
Iraq is different.
There is a single, clear goal
for the warriors--remove Saddam Hussein from power. Unseat the
tyrant. Dethrone the Butcher of Baghdad. Free the people.
The target is not the warriors,
but the man for whom they fight.
This war is similar to the ancient
days of battle when the king or commander of the opposing troops fell,
the enemy capitulated. The warriors were not fighting for
their country or its future, but for their leader. As the leader
crumbled in the ash of war, so did his warriors' spirit to die for
Iraq is a precarious country.
Its axis of power rests upon one man's shoulders, not upon the broad
base of is people. Tyrants sit upon the head of the pin, and
when the pin is bent or knocked down, the reasons to spill one's blood
for him evaporate.
Is the Beast
of Baghdad praying before the battle?
Hopefully, this will be the
case when Saddam is either killed or surrenders. When he
falls, hopefully his troops will feel the mortality of his wounds and
lay down their weapons. The shallowness of tyrannical leadership
will exhibit itself, as it did in the Gulf War when thousands of Iraqi
America and its allies, however, are
fighting for a much broader cause, one not dependent on a single
person or entity. In the Big Picture, American and British
warriors are fighting for the right of the children and their
Children's Children's Children to live free of tyranny and Terrorism.
Critics of American idealism
like to shoot holes in such thinking. They claim America hides
its selfish interests for oil and world power behind the flag of
freedom. It is easy for them to chide America as a
bellicose imperialistic giant because it shrouds their own Complacency
to act against tyranny. They prefer Complacency to action.
It is easier to throw rocks than to risk one's life so that others
have the right to throw them.
These critics forget America
has no guarantee that the new leadership replacing Saddam will embrace
western concepts of democracy. America is gambling that the
Iraqi people in the 21st Century have the right to live free of
despotic rule and to establish a government of, for and by the people.
Whether they elect to do so will be their destiny, but offering them
the right to acquire self-government is the gift America, England and
Australian troops offers all
nations of the world.
Never-Never Land of Communist utopia in Vietnam
Few can argue that
the alliance's role in the world has been to spread democracy.
In Vietnam, the nation is still ruled by communism. There
are no free elections, no dissent against the leadership that is
public and legal.
evolving in Russia
But in Russia, there
are new freedoms. Tyranny fell apart in 1989 with the
destruction of the Berlin Wall. Democracy is evolving and the rights
of the people are growing daily.
In Japan democracy has taken firm root.
The nation, once impoverished by war and by leaders who sought to
dominate the world, has unleashed the energies of the people to rule
their lives. Japan has blossomed into an economic giant.
It feeds the world with innovations. And it proves the power of
a people to rise out of the ashes of war and claim the rights of
prosperity rather than wallow in the dredges of despotic poverty.
blossomed into an economic giant
Then there is the difference between the cultures of North and South
Korea. One represents the fruits of freedom and the other the
poverty of tyranny. On one side of the 38th parallel the nation
beams with growth, its people free to think and move and act as they
so desire. Their bellies are full, their dreams endless.
But north of the 38th, the vast majority of the citizens starve for
freedom. Many boil grass to eat. Their tyrant leader,
Kim Jong Il, applies 50 percent of the nation's revenues to defense to
maintain his iron grip over the people.
Kim Il Jong, a
tyrant like Saddam Hussein, develops weapons of mass destruction
to maintain his iron grip over the people of North Korea
Like Saddam Hussein, he seeks the
development of weapons of mass destruction intended solely to secure
his position as leader and claims they are to protect the rights of
his people. That right, however, isn't to starve, but to be free
to achieve their destiny as individuals.
All these examples of freedom over tyranny are
the core of an American warrior's prayers. Many scoff at
the idea that a warrior prays for the freedom of the people he or she
fights, but despite his or her doubts, that is exactly the theme of such
prayers. If one is about to die, the reason for one's
death must be greater than one's life. To pray for one's own
personal safety is a false and selfish prayer. No strength comes
Warriors bolster their fighting souls when
they pray for what is right for the future of those they are willing
to die for--the children of a land.
"God, give me strength to fight for what is
right. Let me fight for the rights of the children of the
land, that they may be free to live in peace and prosperity, that they
may have the same rights I have. And if I die, let my
death stand for their security, and my Vigilant commitment to it.
For only when the children are safe, will the world be at peace."
It saddens me to think that
critics of war in Iraq are so narrow minded to think 200,000 Americans
are there to "kill for oil." If they were, they would abandon
their rifles and seek asylum in neutral countries.
British & Australian warriors are fighting for the rights of the Children's
But American, British
and Australian warriors know they are fighting for the children's
right to be free of tyranny. They are there to rid the land of
the Beast of Terror, the one that infects its people with Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency.
In the World Trade Center
attack, for example, nearly half the people killed were from lands
outside America. Despotism breeds Terrorism, and today
Terrorism is a highly exportable commodity to a world that sits back
and does nothing to crush it. The American and British warriors
know their lives will be risked to end Terrorism from spreading.
the Warriors of Vigilance
Defeating Saddam Hussein will send a broadband signal to the
other Terrorists of the world that they will be met with similar force
if they attempt to threaten or maim the innocent, as they did on Nine
Eleven, and will again unless checkmated.
So I offer this prayer for the Warriors
of Vigilance, in hopes they will know they are waging a war not
against a country or a people, but against the Beast of Terror.
Prayer To The Warriors Of
Oh, Warriors of Vigilance, stand proud in the dim light of battle.
Fight for the rights of the Children's Children's Children.
Fight for victory of Vigilance over Terrorism.
Fight for the belief that if you die, your blood will flow forever in
You, the Warriors of Vigilance, fight the Beast of Terror with
You stand for Courage while he roars for Fear.
You charge with Conviction against his shadow of Intimidation.
You draw the Sword of Right Actions in behalf of the Children's
Children's Children while he--the Beast of Terror--attempts to trap
you in the quagmire of Complacency.
Draw the Sword of Vigilance and hold up the Shield of Vigilance
against his Terror.
Remove from the children's path tyranny's shadow.
Let the Sunlight of Freedom and the right to rule oneself blind the
Drive your Sword into the heart of Fear so Courage rules where
Intimidation once choked Hope.
Fear not the critics of Vigilance. They speak with fouled lips.
They do not understand your willingness to die for Freedom, for they
abuse their own.
They protest against your choice to die for others you do not know.
They falsely claim you offer your life for oil.
They do not know you give your blood for the children's right to not
For they are not willing to offer their lives, only their criticism of
Instead, hear the Songs the Sentinels of Vigilance sing to you.
Listen to the Spartans of Thermopylae who held Vigilant against
Listen to the Voices of all who have died for Liberty, for they cheer
Seek only to rid the land of the Beast of Terror.
For when he lies on the battlefield with his belly bloated, Vigilance
will have won.
And Complacency will have lost.
by Cliff McKenzie,
Editor, Vigilance Voice,
USMC Combat Correspondent
Will To Fight Or Protest War With Iraq
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