What bother’s me about the Ohio woman’s comment is its commonality. Her comment evokes a sentiment that is sweeping the US and her allies.
It is true that no one likes or wants war. People get hurt and things get broken.Â Neighbors and friends and family are put in harm’s way. The husband of aÂ cousin is one of those on the sharp end.
But, there is a price for freedom.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
â€“ Thomas Jefferson
Israelis know this one. They know what freedomÂ costs, and they liveÂ with that cost every day.
There is a guy that I know – American-Israeli working in Tel Aviv and living in Jerusalem. One day, as we were driving home, heÂ related to me his fear for his son. His boy was about toÂ become a soldier in a combat unit, and he worried for his safety.
Six months later his sonÂ came home after having lost his hands and his sight.
Israeli soldiers see more combat than any other soldier in the West.Â It is unending – as unending as the roll callÂ of those who have given their lives for this tiny country.
Yet, at the same time, I do not knowÂ of anyÂ nation that lovesÂ their kids more than Israelis do. Israelis love andÂ celebrate their kids with a passion. There is nothing that they won’t do for them. There is no sacrifice too great.
But, they still send them off to war. When theirÂ boys and girlsÂ reach eighteen, they pack the bags and load them on busses and wave goodbye – hopingÂ that they come back safely.
Too many don’t.
For all of that, there isn’t a single family in Israel that withholds their child from the grim lottery of war. Why?
Because they know the price of freedom.Â