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Don't close your blinds...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MTMike, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. MTMike

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    This is a pretty good email I got today.....

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    Don't Close Your Blinds

    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 I 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 Bus h."


    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 atrocity 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. If your
    blinds are closed do nothing with this email. If they are open I do not
    need to tell you what to do.


    GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!


    Steven R Chandler, CMSgt
    332 ELRS/Vehicle Management
    Flight Balad Air Base, Iraq
     
  2. MattK

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    interesting perpsective there. that kid was prob a bit scarred lol.
     
  3. theperfectgarage

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    Well said, that explains it for me.
     
  4. Jagged

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    That was good.
     
  5. hunterguy86

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    Awesome. Im sure the kid was scared as heck though
     
  6. FOR MUD

    FOR MUD 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I say we burn down his house , then rebuild it , spend more money than it's worth , then leave.
     
  7. Jagged

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    Take the Israeli approach. Bring in a bulldozer, level it, and leave it.
     
  8. rdn2blazer

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    a great story indeed.
     
  9. gofergurl

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    I liked the story. It was very well thought out.
     

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