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Posted on Nov 15, 2005 at 02:10 AM

HOOAH /POSTED BY A MOM The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war...My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation. My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window. He said "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?" "I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses." he replied. "OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush." Our son giggled and said "OK." "Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said. "OK Dad, I'm pretending." "Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and pretend you see Saddam come out of his house with his wife, he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are screaming and crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and they are afraid of their father. You see all of this, son....what do you do?" "Dad?" "What do you do son?" "I'd call the police, Dad." "OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations. They take your call. They listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?" "Dad.......... but the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine. "They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it, " my husband says. "But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims. "I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children." "Daddy...he kills them?" "Yes son, he does. What do you do?" "Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says. "Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him, " my husband says. "But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!" "WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry. "OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?" "What Daddy?" "He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?" "Daddy..." "WHAT DO YOU DO?" Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I'd close the blinds, Daddy." My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him. "Why?" "Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help people who needs them...and they won't help.... You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either...they won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself Daddy.....I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and...and.....do nothing...so....I'm just going to close the blinds.... so I can't see what he's doing........and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening." I start to cry. My husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husband's questions and he says... "Son" "Yes, Daddy." "Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door... "WHAT DO YOU DO?" My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: "I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!" I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs our son to his chest and hugs him tight, and says... "It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son.....you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife, and his children and the old lady across the way. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before its too late." My husband whispers. THAT scenario I just gave you is WHY we are at war with Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen, son, THAT is the greatest atrocities in the world. "YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT! EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!" BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! BE PROUD OF OUR TROOPS!! SUPPORT THEM!!! SUPPORT AMERICA SO THAT IN THE FUTURE OUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR BLINDS..." This should be printed in every newspaper and posted in every school in America. Of course that won't happen so we'll use the internet.

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Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 09:52 PM

AMEN!!!!GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!! What makes our country the Greatest in the world is that anyone can come here and prosper with little or nothing in their pockets. We ask ourselves how is that? It's because of our People's unselfless commitment to "FREEDOM" and the "Right" to be "FREE" is treasured and protected. So, "Yes" your absolutely "RIGHT" we are defending our "HOME" and the "RIGHTS" of other's. We are in IRAQ because they came to our "Door" and as a single Mom I appreciate the sacrifices that are being made to defend my HOME..... I have no man to protect me HOME but "Thank God" I have a Army of men and women that are there everyday for me and my daughter, brothers, and parents, to ensure they NEVER comeback....We are a CHRISTIAN nation, built on CHRISTIAN values and our Army is there to protect those values. We are in IRAQ because our HOME was desecrated and our children's safety was compromised.... It is a HOLY WAR that we are fighting. Don't be distracted by the media telling you that we are just there in Iraq over oil. This War is biblical and was predestine many years ago. DUTY, HONOR, FAMILY, COUNTRY....... Thank you for the story.....I will pass it along to others...if that's okay?

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Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 02:24 AM

THIS STORY MAKE MY EYES TURN WATER AND THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO EXPLAIN THE WAR. IT YOUR IF HUSBAND WERE'NT A SOLDIER HE PROBABLY WON'T EXPLAIN THE MEANING OF WAR THAT GOOD. I TAKE THE OPORTUNITY OF SAY THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU FOR FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM, AND I AM SURE THAT YOUR SON WILL BE OUR NEXT HERO(I HOPE EVERYTHING IS OVER BY THEM)BECAUSE THE WAY HIS DAD EXPLAIN TO HIM ABOUT THE WAR ,I AM SURE HE GOT NO DOUBT TO JOIN THE MILITARY.I WOULD.AND TO THOSE WHO SAY BAD THINGS ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND STORY DON'T LISTEN TO THEM, AS LONGER YOU GUYS(OUR ARMED FORCES)GOT PEOPLE LIKE ME(A TROOPS SUPPORTER)YOUR GUYS CAN BE SURE THAT WE GOT YOUR BACK ON HERE THE MAINLAND.GOD BLESS YOU YOUR HUSBAND & SON AND OUR TROOPS.

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Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 02:14 AM

THIS STORY MAKE MY EYES TURN WATER AND THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO EXPLAIN THE WAR. IT YOUR IF HUSBAND WERE'NT A SOLDIER HE PROBABLY WON'T EXPLAIN THE MEANING OF WAR THAT GOOD. I TAKE THE OPORTUNITY OF SAY THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU FOR FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM, AND I AM SURE THAT YOUR SON WILL BE OUR NEXT HERO(I HOPE EVERYTHING IS OVER BY THEM)BECAUSE THE WAY HIS DAD EXPLAIN TO HIM ABOUT THE WAR ,I AM SURE HE GOT NO DOUBT TO JOIN THE MILITARY.I WOULD.AND TO THOSE WHO SAY BAD THINGS ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND STORY DON'T LISTEN TO THEM, AS LONGER YOU GUYS(OUR ARMED FORCES)GOT PEOPLE LIKE ME(A TROOPS SUPPORTER)YOUR GUYS CAN BE SURE THAT WE GOT YOUR BACK ON HERE THE MAINLAND.GOD BLESS YOU YOUR HUSBAND & SON AND OUR TROOPS.

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Posted on May 29, 2007 at 07:56 PM

Exray you don't have to apologize for your opinion...everyone is entitled to theirs. That is what the blog is about. Yes, your right, there are other terrorists and people who take lives needlessly. Even in our own countries. This story was not just for what is happening in IRAC but everywhere. You might not think it is in your back yard or on your doorsteps...But think about it for a minute...drugs, gangs, drugs and more drugs, domestic violence drive by shootings, or just people being beat down...It is the same thing. Just in a different manner. During 9-11 it was on everyone's doorstep. The people in Irac, Israel, or any other foreign country are not the guilty one's either..but the terrorists themselves who believe in someone's false teachings and who thinks GOD agrees with these unmerciful killings of theirs, and to narrow it down, the people on the street who think they are making their wrong a right. They are the guilty ones. They are the ones that our soldiers, police, and our government officials fight to keep us free from; their terror.

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Posted on Jan 09, 2007 at 07:53 PM

I must say I was proud to have served my country and if called upon would gladly do it again. Everyone one who loves the freedoms we take forgranted should be required to serve atleast 1 tour of duty. For 1 it teaches respect which so many of our children lack, gives them respect and pride in whatever they do and above all it teaches our children how to grow up. Which many of todays youth lack. For if for some reason they lose both the parents who provide for them they would have no idea how to survive in the world today. Anyway i got off the subject..... I liked this. It was a exhilerating and got my blood pumping.

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Posted on Jan 07, 2007 at 09:39 AM

AS It was said so long ago united we stand devided we fall,everyone deseerves a chance to be happy and safe, our country has helped so many others and yet some that has faught and gave the most precious of things (their lives) to help to make things better, for all countries,no one should turn a blind eye to violence because it is every where includeing here,but everyone must do their part , and help, our country has helped so many other countries in so many other ways,not just in war but in peace as well, violence is something no one should have to face alone,no matter what type pf violence it is, I was a victim myself but I will never stop helping others if I can I will,so shall my husband who just returned from iraq and alot of my military friends that are in different areas of the military, we need to do our part and support the military they are the back bone of the country,they help and go where they are needed,so do civillians,emergency workers,teachers,you name every walk of life has done something to help someone else rather it be war time or peace, kids musy know all of our history not just the bad (war) but the good that all people give to make things easier,their are bad people in all parts of the world, but there are great people to that makes a difference and no one should be left out,the most precious thing is life,freedom,and heart to give their all to make things better rather it be state side or world wide,we shall never forgett the ones that gave thier all,espicially the wounded military guys ,civillians,all involved, always here for anyone that needs a understanding,heart, and a ear,or someone to just talk to, a understanding military wife

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Posted on Dec 23, 2006 at 01:35 PM

First of all I love it !!!! Second of all people - well "civilians" need to understand this is not a regional war it is a religious war....area code doesnt matter anymore after 9/11...I feel we could have went else where first instead of Iraq but my family will not ever apologize for it or about it ,so dont look for that to come .I dont want troops taken out of there ....my marines & our other loved ones really would have died for nothing if we ever do that so ,lets listen to the war Generals & do what they say & leave politics out of the decision making process & we'll start to win this war like I know we always can.Semper Fi ... Angel

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Posted on May 29, 2006 at 12:20 PM

That is the most touching story I have ever read,and very much ture to the core.People do turn the other cheek.I come from a military family all the way back to the civil war.I am a nurse,and see alot of domestic violence,and hate to admit was a victim myself,sometimes bad memories never leave your mind, but this story is about a child that did not understand why no help came.There is no explanation for war...My heart goes out to the dad, that told that story to his lil boy,that must have been the hardest,and the most unbearable heart wrenching thing that,that man ever done in his life. God Bless to that very special family

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Posted on May 29, 2006 at 07:24 AM

Wait muintue...It's a stupid story with an irrelevant analogy for the war in Iraq. I don't find it cute, endearing or moving in any way. It's an simplification of the reasons for invading Iraq, and completely ignores the initial reasons that were given. I never knew that the Iraqi Army was on our "doorstep", am I the only one that missed this pending invasion? Saddam hussein is responsible for the murder of uncountable Iraqis, Kuwaitis, and Iranians (okay, we can forgive the Iranians because that leaves fewer for us to kill)but there are others oppressing and murdering their citizens as well. Remember Rhwanda, North Korea, Cambodia, China, Tibet (ok that's China twice they're really evil, but still get most favored nation status), dharfur, Liberia, Israel, Timor, Turkey(they routinely exterminate Kurdish villages), the list goes on. but If the Iraqis had it so tough and really wanted a Democracy they should have risen up and overthrown Hussein. The Iranians showed the world that it is possible to overthrow a government with enough downtrodden, oppressed people in 1979. And where was all this "let's save everyone in the world form evil and death" feeling in the early 90's when the former Yugoslavia imploded? So, Radio, I understand your message, and agree with it. But I think the story is stupid! I am happy that you are no longer a victim. That comment was wrong on my part and I apologize to you for it.

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Posted on May 28, 2006 at 03:22 PM

xray44, You can only do so much to stop domestic violence...I have done my part...I was a victim myself. This story was to help people to understand the war.I remember my neighbors closing there blinds and doors and ears when it went on at my house. I will never forget the terror I felt and to know this happens to our country and everyone elses because we are blind and some choose not to help out breaks my heart. Stupid it is not...stupid is choosing to close your blinds and not notice what is happening to our soldiers (and I include everyone).

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Posted on May 27, 2006 at 12:06 PM

A very touching story...

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Posted on May 27, 2006 at 07:21 AM

That has to bo one of the STUPIDEST things I've ever read! So there is no domestic violence in your town because you are there stopping it?

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Posted on May 26, 2006 at 07:33 PM

First I wanted to say it was a very nice story. Second as I read the other comments a lot of you still use the word America, or the President said, when speaking of war. Now I am not one to be rude and I apologize if people take this the wrong way but a lot of people seem to forget that there are a lot more countries there then they know about. I personally have been to the region 3 times in the last 5yrs and have had the pleasure of working with Italians, French, Germans, British, Japanese, Australians, and the United States to name a few. Everyone of these countries is in this for the same reason and should not be forgotten or spoken less about when talking about any war since the Gulf War. I am honored that I have had the pleasure to take part in this event for it is something we should never truly forget nor the people that have served there.

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Posted on May 10, 2006 at 11:16 AM

Please remember British troops are out there too.

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Posted on May 10, 2006 at 10:01 AM

That was amazing! Thank you. Maybe some Democrats will read that and be touched?

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Posted on May 08, 2006 at 10:12 PM

TEARS CAME DOWN MY FACE WHEN I READ THIS.IT IS TRUE.I THANK YOU BOTH AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO FIGHT FOR ALL OF US.THANK YOU ALL.I PROUD OF ALL OF YOU

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Posted on May 08, 2006 at 03:28 PM

Thank you,that was outstanding!

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Posted on Mar 30, 2006 at 01:03 AM

MY RESPECT AND ADMIRATION TO THE TWO OF YOU..THANK YOU, IT TOUCH ME TO THE CORE....

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Posted on Mar 29, 2006 at 03:01 PM

I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday for 2 reasons. One because I still can not believe such actions were possible. And 2 because I remember my nieces who were 10 and 7 at the time waking me up early that morning to ask me why the planes had hit the buildings. At first I was confused and switched on CNN thinking I would see a light plane had gone down into a house. What I saw floored me. I sat on the lounge with my nieces and watched replay after replay of the planes hitting the Twin Towers waiting for it to sink in. I looked at their mother and said "Should they be watching this?" She said "Yes, I want you to explain this to them". The mother left them with me while she went to work and I sent the younger off to play. The elder one turned to me and with tears in her eyes said "Why?" How do you explain this to a 10 year old?? In our small town where a double murder is still being talked about after 20 years how do you explain this?? At that time I was working as a Childcare/Youth worker and recieved training on how to explain this to the children. I wish we'd had that story then.

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