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Saying Good-bye (english)
11 Mar 2003
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are heading off to war. They have left our shores to fight an enemy as ruthless as any ever faced in the history of humankind
Each had a moment to hug, kiss and hold the ones they love right before they started their journey to foreign lands and uncertainty. Most if not all were hugged, kissed and held by people who loved them. They were sent off with tears of pain and pride. Most in America respect and cherish America’s warriors. Most know that without them, we would not be warring with Saddam; we would be living under his thumb, or someone just like him.

When the various news services play video’s of America’s soldiers, sailors and marines saying good-bye to their wives, husbands, children and parents, most of those watching wish them safe passage and a safe return. Most in America want America’s protectors to know they have our support and to know their backs are watched; that we all will do our share when called upon.

However, some in America do not share that sentiment. Some, most notably, the Hollywood elite, leftists and many in the media will jump at any word, news or demonstration designed to undermine the mission our brave warriors have undertaken.

Some proclaim outright that America’s military are nothing more than “baby killers.” Some declare themselves against any military action with Iraq, but they support “our” troops. In any case, the antiwar crowd cannot be found to be anything more than unhelpful to those Americans who leave home and family to fight to preserve American values and America’s freedoms.

A March 4, 2003, Fox News article brought home the differences between those who take what America gives us all for granted and those who realize the value our freedoms have not just for themselves, but for future generations as well.

Major Hal Sellers kissed his wife and children good-bye a week ago and knows he will probably not see his four-month-old son Dillon, again. Not because he himself may not return, but because his son Dillon may not be there when and if he gets back. As Hal’s wife Betsy Sellers said, "It was a hard decision to make. He had to come to the hospital and say goodbye to Dillon, and not know what would happen."

Dillon was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. It is a heart condition that for Dillon is fatal unless he can get a heart transplant. When his father went off to war at the end of February, there was no donor available.

Their son Dillon is in critical condition, and Loma Linda Medical Center has placed little Dillon on the top of the list of heart transplant recipients. Loma Linda Medical Center's transplant coordinator, Armando Deamaya said. "Every day could be an end-of-life issue for him” adding, “We're probably talking days rather than weeks."

Being aware of the situation, the army had offered Major Sellers a desk job closer to home, but the veteran officer declined the offer because he felt that his country needed him and his training. There was nothing more that he could do for his son here at home, so he needed to fight for his sons’ future the only way he knew how, by stopping the evil that threatens all Americans, by stopping tyrants and despots that would do us and our children harm.

The Hollywood elite want to make us all feel guilty because we drive SUV’s, while they ride in limousines or private jets. The Left wants to keep a ruthless dictator in power in Iraq while they demand that their voices not be stifled; they are after all exercising their first amendment rights - rights they don’t seem willing to share with others.

Major Sellers and his wife, and millions like them, understand the importance and the necessity of fighting for the rights they have and the importance of fighting for the rights of others.

The last thing these folks need is a whining elitist making a hard job even harder.


Paul Walfield is a member of the State Bar of California and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He has also attended post-graduate classes in behavioral and analytical psychology. He lived for a number of years in the small town of Houlton, Maine and is now a California attorney.

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