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The Eleventh Hour

posted at 12:58 am on November 11, 2009 by

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918, the terrible slaughter of the First World War came to a formal conclusion. The day we now commemorate as Veterans Day is the quintessential heartland holiday, growing to honor all of America’s veterans at the urging of a shoe store owner in Kansas, in the early Fifties. Over the century since a Serbian assassin’s bullet ignited a global conflagration that blasted and burned fifteen million casualties, the West has learned it is very good at war, but still having trouble dealing with peace. One of the reasons is that we often forget to render proper honor and respect to our soldiers.

American soldiers are not just the guardians of peace… they are its architects. They build it with the invisible bricks of atrocities that did not occur, because the murderers were sensibly afraid of tangling with them. They add the mortar of countless acts of kindness and mercy, performed in war zones and disaster areas. The elites of the Third World learn about America by watching CNN. Many of their people see their first American flag riding on the shoulder of a uniformed man or woman carrying relief supplies, or a medical kit. Some of those poor people have taken bullets from their countrymen, and been dragged to safety by United States soldiers who don’t hesitate to do the right thing, even when that American flag becomes a target. No wonder the people of the world generally like us more than their elites.

It is possible to achieve the peace that pacifists dream of, through disarmament and capitulation. This is the peace of subjugation, the peace of the grave. It secures the comfort of the elite, by allowing aggressors to make endless war on their citizens. It is a peace that burns hot and rancid in the bowels of a nation, leaving it unable to meet the gaze of those it abandoned to tyranny. Soldiers are the only reason you can have peace and freedom.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of 2009, the wounded of Fort Hood will remember their fallen friends, and wonder how a man wrapped in enough red flags to turn him into a bloody mummy was allowed to infiltrate their base. Those wounded and dead rely upon us to ask the questions their superiors in the chain of command cannot comfortably answer. Calling the injured and dead of Fort Hood “victims” perpetuates the blindness that compelled those men and women to face the enemy unarmed. They are casualties of war… and as far as I’m concerned, Sergeant Kimberly Munley, who took their cowardly attacker down, is a veteran today.

The terrorist enemy doesn’t have a formal chain of command that can sign an armistice, they don’t muster on clearly defined battlefields, and they’re quite happy to benefit from the efforts of deranged fanboys. If we don’t stand behind our professional soldiers, and give them the tools to do their jobs now, we will all become soldiers before this enemy is defeated.

Somewhere in the world tomorrow, an American soldier will ring in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day with gunfire. Another will arrive home after an honorable tour of duty, perhaps passing brothers and sisters in arms saying farewell to their families. A mother’s tears will fall on a letter from the far side of the world. Old veterans will spend a beautiful afternoon watching children play beneath the flag they raised at Anzio, Guadalcanal, Incheon, or Khe Sanh. Young veterans will put their lives on the line, to give the children of Iraq and Afghanistan a chance at a future free from murderous evil. A little girl will playfully salute a uniform she will one day grow up to wear. A pilot will land a machine that was impossible in his grandfather’s day on the heaving deck of an aircraft carrier. The USS New York will ride at anchor, close to the site of the fallen buildings whose bones became her steel.

The veterans of the United States military have always been there for us, in the desperate eleventh hour of our need. Share a thought, a hope, and a prayer with them tomorrow. If you can do even more, here is a list of charities that benefit soldiers and their families.

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Soldiers are the only reason you can have peace and freedom.

I’m glad it’s you and your beautiful words that are honoring our soldiers today Doc.

God bless our military and their families.

beachgirlusa on November 11, 2009 at 1:30 AM

I hope this is put on the main page, our soldiers deserve it.

beachgirlusa on November 11, 2009 at 1:31 AM

Agreed… AP, please promote

underground on November 11, 2009 at 2:06 AM

American soldiers are not just the guardians of peace… they are its architects. They build it with the invisible bricks of atrocities that did not occur, because the murderers were sensibly afraid of tangling with them. They add the mortar of countless acts of kindness and mercy, performed in war zones and disaster areas.

This has to be one of the most beautiful statements about our armed forces that has ever been written. A stunning and vivid image – thank you.

piglet on November 11, 2009 at 7:30 AM

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are free to read it, thank a veteran.

Robert17 on November 11, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Thank you, Doctor, beautiful. Let me dry my yes that I may now see.

Thank you, to all who have served and serve still today. In humble gratitude.

publiuspen on November 11, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Thank God for our US Constitution and for our nation’s military sworn loyal to it.

Thanks to all those in service to our nation’s protection!

Long live our Constitution. Long live America, land of the free and home of the brave.

RIP, our fallen heroes and to all Veterans who pass through eternity. Peace be with you. We are grateful for your valiant service to our Constitution and may you be rewarded for your sacrifices made on the behalf of America.

We are America. E pluribus unum.

To keep the home fires burning bright in our hearths, to appreciate our service men and women, WE American citizens must defeat ‘out of one, many’ divisive PC “diversity” as America at home is under attack.

maverick muse on November 11, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Good post.

Take a look at How Fort Hood’s Maj. Hassan Was Taken Down. Sgt Mark Todd should be included in your post.

There has been confusion since Thursday’s rampage about whose bullets actually brought Hasan down. At first, Munley’s supervisor said it was her shot to Hasan’s torso that leveled him, but Army officials would only say that an investigation was under way.

Munley was down by the time he engaged Hasan, Todd said. He wasn’t sure if Munley had wounded the suspect, because “once he started firing at me, I lost track of her.”

huckleberryfriend on November 11, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Can’t type, keys are all blurry…

lovingmyUSA on November 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Your finest piece. Thank you from a Marine Mom.

Catherine Wilkinson on November 11, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Doctor Zero 2012?

Your writing is always powerful, Doctor, flatly moved me to tears at the sixth paragraph.

KinleyArdal on November 11, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Another fantastic piece. Thank you.

Mad Mad Monica on November 11, 2009 at 10:15 AM

It is possible to achieve the peace that pacifists dream of, through disarmament and capitulation. This is the peace of subjugation, the peace of the grave.

A heartfelt amen…

Jeff2161 on November 11, 2009 at 10:19 AM

From “For The Fallen”

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night

c4 on November 11, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Awesome as usual Dr.Zero.

Eloquence is your trade.

portlandon on November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Nothing says ‘copy, paste, send (all) and save’ like a Doc Z. post.

cntrlfrk on November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

If you write books, please tell me where to find them.

leftnomore on November 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Nothing says ‘copy, paste, send (all) and save’ like a Doc Z. post.

cntrlfrk on November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

should be a button on here for that.

DrRansom on November 11, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Rest in peace, my paternal grandfather who fought in the trenches in France during WW1. A purple heart recipient, he never talked about his time in the war.

Annietxgrl on November 11, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Thank you for your words.
ALLCON,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
!

Col.John Wm. Reed on November 11, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Land of the free because of the brave.

Thank you for your magnificent words honoring them, Doc.

My heartfelt thoughts, prayers and thanks go to each and everyone of those brave souls who stood watch over us and our great country over the decades, living and dead.

Thank you one and all.

KendraWilder on November 11, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Dr. Zero:

Simply marvelous. Thank you for your honor.

This day is a keen reminder that freedom isn’t free. The events of the last week also remind us that the fight for freedom does not begin at the water’s edge and, sometimes, the battles for freedom wage hotter here than they do overseas.

Today, remember and recognize. Tomorrow, fight with all of your might against the forces of tyranny, oppression, anti-Constitutionalism, islamofascism and statism.

…and the battle rages.

ted c on November 11, 2009 at 4:23 PM

A brilliant post honoring those who sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice so much for us.

lookhearsee on November 11, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Commonly in the blogosphere you’re faced with a piece of prose longer than a paragraph, after a dozen words the mouse-finger itches and you move on.

Sometimes you find a piece that’s more of a “yeah, I guess I need to read this” and you’ll browse through it over lunch.

And then there’s the ones that, after the first line, you’re going to sit there dropping crumbs on the keyboard because you have to read read every word before you take the next bite.

This was a remarkable piece of wordcraft.

JEM on November 11, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Doc, this is wonderful–goes into all time favorites. Sargeant

Munley DOES deserve a purple heart and more. I would give her mine if I could pry it out of my sons’ hands.

flyoverboy on November 11, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Well said. Should be required reading for every person in the United States. Alas, our society is a society of free choice, at least sort of, thus many will never read nor understand what the American Service person has done to provide the average Joe Blow on the street a life that others only dream of.

Vietnam Vet.

Rockman44 on November 11, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Simply beautiful Doc

kathleen on November 11, 2009 at 4:52 PM

It is possible to achieve the peace that pacifists dream of, through disarmament and capitulation. This is the peace of subjugation, the peace of the grave. It secures the comfort of the elite, by allowing aggressors to make endless war on their citizens.

Indeed, Doc.

Weight of Glory on November 11, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Thank you for your service, Veterans of the United States of America. Thank you.

ronsfi on November 11, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Thank you Dr. Zero. I, too, am typing through tears . . .

I take care of my mother now. She’s a WWII veteran, a WAVE. She enlisted when Pearl was bombed and hitchhiked to California to serve her country. Then she graduated from college as a pharmacist (on the GI bill) and ran a small pharmacy with my father – also a WWII vet. She did all that while raising 3 kids. You will pardon my pride.

God bless all our men and women in uniform, today and every day.

doctormom on November 11, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Thanks again Doc for your gifts.

Thanks again to all veterans for their gifts.

Wow! We are indeed blessed.

Charlie

clorensen on November 11, 2009 at 5:20 PM

I have been impressed by most of your posts, but that was one of the most perfect and beautiful things I have ever read.

If we don’t stand behind our professional soldiers, and give them the tools to do their jobs now, we will all become soldiers before this enemy is defeated.

Gah! Why are there so many out there who just can’t/won’t wrap their brains around this fact? Thank you for writing it.

pannw on November 11, 2009 at 5:21 PM

This guy is consistently the best writer at HotAir.

Gaunilon on November 11, 2009 at 6:02 PM

This guy is consistently the best writer at HotAir.

Gaunilon on November 11, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Doctor Zero is pure poetry. Ed is pure logic. A powerful combo.

publiuspen on November 11, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Zero writes beautifully.

RobCon on November 11, 2009 at 7:24 PM

The eloquence of this piece gave me goosebumps. Truly awesome!!!!

jgdp on November 11, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Beautiful and touching. Thank you Dr Zero for the uplifting message…

CCRWM on November 12, 2009 at 12:19 AM

For all those doughboys of WWI who endured the flu and the poisen gas…

Photogallery–the world of trench warfare
http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-37025.html

lovingmyUSA on November 12, 2009 at 12:29 AM