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few good men

These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

—Thomas Paine

I graduated from Huntsville High School in 1984 but, almost a year earlier, I had enlisted in the Unites States Air Force. I scored high enough on the ASVAB [a military aptitude test] to allow me access to virtually any job in the service. military I chose electronics and specialized in radar, electronic warfare and crypto. In a very subtle way, I enjoyed basic training and technical school. Discipline was a welcome addition to my life.

Despite the occasional rough days, I reached for responsibility and authority whenever and where ever I could find it. I was young and foolish. I took to heart far too much of Machiavelli.

I also learned during my tour of duty that sometimes you must watch carefully upon whom you tread, because you are never completely omnipotent and it is better to be respected than it is to be feared. I was stationed in Florida for most of my four years, but the misery of being posted to a paradise base was offset by they frequent temporary duty assignments for aggressor activities.

During my excursions outside our fair country, I came to realize that too many people (read Americans) are blind to the rest of the world. It is far too easy to be hypnotized by the American media and propaganda. There is vast world of diversity and culture, and amazingly it doesn't all worship "ye olde dream Americana."

I met people that were happy just to be alive...people filled with joy because they hadn't lost a family member or friend "that week,"...and people proud of a rich and colorful heritage that extended back a millennia or more before 1776. I learned from people I hardly met how to listen, see, taste, touch, and feel other ways of life. This was when I first questioned -- "Who am I to pontificate my infantile culture and ideals on these ancient peoples?"

"Honor and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part: there all the honor lies."

— Alexander Pope

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— rich 2003

"People do not start wars, governments do...
Governments do not fight wars, people do...
And while people die...
govern-ment is eternal."

— Anonymous