Question For Europe – From 417,000 American Ghosts
Anti American sentiment is on the rise in Europe according to the latest polls. It has even spread to America’s staunchest ally Great Britain. So Much so that British Prime Minister Tony Blair commented recently saying it was -madness- to persist in it because America shares the same interest of both Britain and all of Europe.
It is hard to say if the anti-American attitude is driven by jealousy, fear, insecurity or the latest neoanarchist cravings of post Christian Europe. Maybe Europeans see Americans as a bunch of hamburger chomping, truck loving, Hollywood inspired country nitwits. Although long since known and now mostly lost they should be reminded that they are thinking this way about their very own not too ancient progenitors. Hey, maybe if they had states as big as whole European countries, over two hundred years of freedom and a constitution that kept them from dictators, monopolizing monarchs and life endangering tyrannies they might want to chomp a few hamburgers in their Chevy trucks while riding somewhere just to take in a good movie. But that is not the real issue, so what is?
I’ll go out on a limb here and say that even without a professional polling service to back me up there are millions of Americans who feel a bit betrayed and even hurt by Europe’s short memory. Because a lot of our youth hardly know how many Americans fought and died in European theatres of war I may be on thin ice if I expect Europeans to remember such things. But here’s the rub. We haven’t forgotten the British, French, Dutch and many others in Europe, we still go along in our Chevy’s thinking were a bit safer for having them on our side. We are not all so distracted by Hollywood and hamburgers that we fail to notice that old friends are getting wishy washy.
But there is a large group of Americans whose voices we still hear even if Europeans do not. We will never stop listening to their voices. Although now silenced in death they create a resounding, unfading echo that every American who loves this country will never cease to hear. It is the sound of 417,000 American men and women who fought to free countries in the Pacific from Japanese expansion. They threw themselves at Hitler in concert to stop his plans to put Europe under his boot. They died all over the world but most died in Europe.
Americans were killed, wounded, imprisoned and went missing as well as dying in service related accidents and diseases to the tune of 407,000. Add to that about 10,000 merchant mariners who were drowned and killed at sea in world war two. It is their ghosts who we also hear between hamburgers and movies just loud enough to remind us that Europe was not easy to free. Ah, but who reminds the Europeans?
I have come to care very little about the objections, the doubt or the rants against Christ, or the bible. I have never been ashamed of telling what God has done and said and I’m far too old and the world is too far gone to start worrying about it now. Europe’s forgetting of its friends to me is only part and parcel to the general state of mind that is prophesied to exist just prior to the final days and the battle of Armageddon. The Apostle Paul says it this way-This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 2Timothy 3: 1-4 KJV
Jesus said in the last days the love of many would grow cold. Paul took the matter a bit further and included disloyalty and treachery as conditions that will prevail in millions of people near the second coming of Christ. Loyalty is a virtue that millions of Americans still hold dearly and I for one don’t care if they fill their Chevy trucks to the brim with hamburgers and laugh all night at the movies because I know they will be there for anyone they can help when the chips are down. But even if one should fail remember there are 417,000 who did not.
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