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Offline Gus

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Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
« on: January 05, 2008, 06:03:11 pm »
This is a very well thought out, and written article that identifies very clearly one of the problems that our society faces today.  Would that this article be required reading in our schools which have all but abrogated responsibilities of teaching our youth the importance of being responsible citizens.  And, our military are the sheepdogs.  You will not see this article in any media publication.


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Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

It may be long but it's worth the read.

"The letter that follows was written by Charles Grennel and his comrades who are

veterans of the global war on terror. Grennel is an Army Reservist who spent two years in Iraq and was a principal in putting together the first Iraq elections, January of 2005.   It [this letter] was written to Jill Edwards, a student at the University of Washington who did not want to honor WW-II Congressional Medal of Honor winner USMC Colonel Gregory Boyington who was a graduate of Subject University.   s. Edwards and other students (and faculty) do not think those who serve in the U.S. armed services are good role models.”

 

To: Edwards, Jill (student, UW)

 

Subject: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

 

Miss Edwards, I read of your "student activity" regarding the proposed

memorial to Col. Greg Boyington, USMC and a Medal of Honor winner.  I

suspect you will receive a bellyful of angry e-mails from conservative folks

like me. You may be too young to appreciate fully the sacrifices of

generations of servicemen and servicewomen on whose shoulders you and your

fellow students stand. I forgive you for the untutored ways of youth and

your naiveté.   It may be that you are, simply, a sheep.  There's no dishonor

in being a sheep - - as long as you know and accept what you are.

 

William J. Bennett, in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November

24, 1997 said: "Most of the people in our society are sheep.  They are kind,

gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident."  We

may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still

remarkably rare.  This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who

are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme

provocation.  They are sheep.

 

Then there are the wolves and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.

Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without

mercy?  You better believe it.  There are evil men in this world and they are

capable of evil deeds.  The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so,

you become a sheep.  There is no safety in denial.

 

Then there are sheepdogs and I'm a sheepdog.  I live to protect the flock

and confront the wolf.  If you have no capacity for violence then you are a

healthy productive citizen, a sheep.  If you have a capacity for violence

and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive

sociopath, a wolf.  But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep

love for your fellow citizens?  What do you have then?  A sheepdog, a

warrior, someone who is walking the unchartered path.  Someone who can walk

into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out

unscathed.

 

We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep.  They

do not want to believe that there is evil in the world.  They can accept the

fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire

sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids' schools.  But

many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in

their kid's school.  Our children are thousands of times more likely to be

killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep's

only response to the possibility of violence is denial.  The idea of someone

coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the

path of denial.

 

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog.  He looks a lot like the wolf.

He has fangs and the capacity for violence.  The difference, though, is that

the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep.  Any sheep

dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and

removed.  The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a

representative democracy or a republic such as ours.  Still, the sheepdog

disturbs the sheep.  He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the

land.  They would prefer that he didn't tell them where to go, or give them

traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports, in camouflage

fatigues, holding an M-16.  The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog

cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa."  Until the wolf

shows up.  Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely

sheepdog.

 

The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high

school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had

the time of day for a police officer.  They were not bad kids; they just had

nothing to say to a cop.  When the school was under attack, however, and

SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to

physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them.

 

This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at

the door.  Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf

pounded hard on the door.  Remember how America more than ever before, felt

differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel?

Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it

is just what you choose to be.  Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny

critter.  He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the

breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a

righteous battle.  That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous

battle.  The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the

sound of the guns when needed, right along with the young ones.

 

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently.  The sheep pretend

the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day.  After the

attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in

America said, "Thank God I wasn't on one of those planes."  The sheepdogs,

the warriors, said, "Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those

planes.  Maybe I could have made a difference."  You want to be able to make

a difference.  There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the

warrior, but he does have one real advantage.  Only one.  And that is that

he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent

of the population.

 

There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of

violent crimes.  These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of

violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers.  The vast

majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language:

slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness.  They chose their

victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd

that is least able to protect itself.  Some people may be destined to be

sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs.  But

I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I'm

proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

 

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored

in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man

on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an

operator from United Airlines about the hijacking.  When they learned of the

other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd and the

other passengers confronted the terrorist hijackers.  In one hour, a

transformation occurred among the passengers - athletes, business people and

parents -- from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves,

ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.

 

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of

evil men." - Edmund Burke.  Here is the point I like to emphasize,

especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each

year.  In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep.  Sheepdogs are

born that way, and so are wolves.  They didn't have a choice.  But you are

not a critter.  As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be.  It is

a conscious, moral decision.  If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a

sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay.  When the

wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a

sheepdog there to protect you.  If you want to be a wolf, you can be one,

but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest,

safety, trust or love.  But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the

warrior's path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day

to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive

moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

 

This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy.  It

is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice.  It is a matter of degrees, a

continuum.  On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other

end is the ultimate warrior.  Few people exist completely on one end or the

other. Most of us live somewhere in between.

 

Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away

from denial.  The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating

their warriors, and the warriors started taking their job more seriously.

It is okay to be a sheep, but do not kick the sheep dog.  Indeed, the sheep

dog may just run a little harder, strive to protect a little better and be

fully prepared to pay an ultimate price in battle and spirit with the sheep

moving from "baa" to "thanks".

 

We do not call for gifts or freedoms beyond our lot.  We just need a small

pat on the head, a smile and a thank you to fill the emotional tank which is

drained protecting the sheep.  And when our number is called by "The

Almighty", and day retreats into night, a small prayer before the heavens

just may be in order to say thanks for letting you continue to be a sheep.

And be grateful for the thousands - -millions - - of American sheepdogs who

permit you the freedom to express even bad ideas.

 
 
"There are no great men. Just great challenges which ordinary men,out of necessity, are forced by circumstance to meet.”

Adm. William F. "Bull"  Halsey

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Re: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2008, 07:35:21 pm »
Gus,
    Excellent article.  Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Re: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2008, 12:10:24 am »
Do you have personal knowledge of this letter and all, as you do not cite a source reference like a University newsletter or city paper?. 
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Re: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008, 09:54:30 am »
This is a very well thought out, and written article that identifies very clearly one of the problems that our society faces today.  Would that this article be required reading in our schools which have all but abrogated responsibilities of teaching our youth the importance of being responsible citizens.

-------Original Message-------

 

Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

It may be long but it's worth the read.

"The letter that follows was written by Charles Grennel and his comrades who are
veterans of the global war on terror. Grennel is an Army Reservist who spent two years in Iraq and was a principal in putting together the first Iraq elections, January of 2005.   It [this letter] was written to Jill Edwards, a student at the University of Washington who did not want to honor WW-II Congressional Medal of Honor winner USMC Colonel Gregory Boyington who was a graduate of Subject University.   s. Edwards and other students (and faculty) do not think those who serve in the U.S. armed services are good role models.”
 
THIS IS THE ONLY SOURCE THAT I HAVE AND IT WAS AT THE HEAD OF THE LETTER.  YOU CAN'T EXPECT THIS TO HAVE APPEARED IN ANY NEWSPAPER.
 
"There are no great men. Just great challenges which ordinary men,out of necessity, are forced by circumstance to meet.”

Adm. William F. "Bull"  Halsey