September 8, 2008

A GOOD COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:32 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

WHO MAKES A GOOD COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

As I listened during the Parties’ Conventional speeches for the USA Presidential elections of 2008, this thought came into my mind: “Who makes a good Commander-in-chief”? Can it be a brave Soldier who showed courage in battle or a General who succeeds in war, or can it be a Civilian who has shown good judgment in choosing whether to use diplomacy first, or whether to plunge headlong into battle, not judging the outcome which can be disastrous.

After nine-eleven, the president made a decision to wage war on the Talibans where Bin Laden, the author of nine-eleven was based, but before victory was achieved, he chose, for the wrong reason the pre-emption of war on Iraq. This indiscretion plunged the nation into a conflict which resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives, soldiers and civilians; the disabling of many thousands and the displacement of thousands who had to seek refuge abroad in friendly countries. In this decision, he was supported by a brave soldier and presidential nominee.

On the other hand. another presidential nominee had the vision not to support the Iraqi war, but to finish the one with Afghanistan, to try to set a date for the withdrawal of troops and to cease the wasteful spending of the taxpayer’s money. Of these two candidates who is better qualified for the role of Commander–in –chief?

In two of the most crucial wars which threatened this nation – The American Civil War and World War II, two civilian presidents made the critical decision which saved this nation. They were Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. Lincoln saved the Union and Roosevelt helped to defeat Fascism and preserve democracy.

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make him my friend”? We all need to know, even born again Christians, that we are all God’s children, made in His Image and Likeness and as such, need to live in an atmosphere of Peace and Harmony. War and Conflict can never bring peace and security, They will engender fear and anxiety.

How then can Peace and Goodwill be achieved? Remember the words of our Lord:. “Love your enemies. Do good to them that hate you”. Life is too short to be wasted in conflict. Love is the weapon for the triumph of Good over Evil and the harbinger of the Peace that passeth all understanding.

— Randall Butisingh

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