“I served in Desert Storm where Col. Tim Collins delivered this important message before the main assault, and it has stuck with me to this day. Extract of the Collins speech “We go to liberate, not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them. There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others, I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle, remember to be magnanimous in victory. Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there . . . “If there are casualties of war then remember that when they woke up and got dressed in the morning they did not plan to die this day. Allow them dignity in death . . . there may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign. We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back. There will be no time for sorrow.””
Posted by Charles Clark , who voted “Yes” in our Poll: Do you agree with the U.S. Administration’s decision to give Osama bin Laden a proper burial at sea?
As I read the above words that were graciously posted by Charles Clark, who is the CEO for Rosslyn Analytics, I was moved by the sensitivity of the man to which he had referred, who while being charged with a difficult mission under the most arduous of circumstances was still able to maintain a level of compassion that would for most seem unfathomable.
Charles shared the words of Colonel Tim Collins as a means of providing an explanation as to why he voted in favor of the U.S. Administration’s decision to give Osama bin Laden a proper burial.
Through this lens of compassion that looks beyond the immediate circumstances of a vanquished enemy, we are perhaps all reminded if just for a moment, of our humanity and the extent of how it was lost as a result of 9/11.
Now that the number one enemy has been removed from the life equation, where we go from here will be a most interesting awakening.
Remember to use the following link to cast your vote in our poll which asks the question; Do you agree with the U.S. Administration’s decision to give Osama bin Laden a proper burial at sea?