May 30, 2005
Our troops fighting and in some cases dying or being wounded in Iraq are part of a long and selfless tradition in America.
Our people have willing laid down their lives for the freedom of others, which we and they regard as a blessing to be shared, not a privilege to be held only for ourselves.
Not many other nations fight for others.
Mostly they fight and die for themselves.
Sure we have a personal interest in the freedom of Iraq and the defeat of the terrorists, but on its own it probably isn't enough to cause this country to spend so much money and give these many lives just for less noble purposes.
The people support our troops.
One sees those yellow ribbons stuck on cars all over.
The big media don't like the military.
Neither do the elite universities.
Most people do not have a family member in the military, or know anyone who is in service.
That wasn't true in previous wars and conflicts and we suffer because of it.
On this Memorial Day we again pause to thank those who serve that we might be free.
There is no greater privilege on earth than to be free.
Find someone in the military today and thank them.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.