How many buckets of blood does it take for freedom to be fertilized?
In Iraq, it's cost 56 Buckets of American Blood to date.
How do we explain to our children the value of a Bucket of Vigilant
Blood? How do we justify one drop of blood in the quest
for freedom and liberty?
28, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 715
The Price Of Freedom Is Measured In
Buckets Of Blood
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Aug. 28, 2003-- More
than 2,240 pints of American blood represent our price of freedom for
Iraq. Measured in buckets of blood, that's about 56 buckets of
56 buckets of
American blood represent our price of freedom for Iraq
Combat deaths in
Iraq from the beginning of the war until July 17 represent 147, and 37
of those have occurred since May 1, when President Bush declared the
major combat in Iraq was over.
Total deaths in Iraq by Americans top out
at 224, including 77 accidental and other deaths suffered by the
150,000 U.S. troops deployed in the region.
price is blood
The human body
contains between 10-12 pints of blood. At eight pints per
gallon, a five-gallon bucket requires four deaths to fill it up.
Freedom is not cheap. It's price is
While many are horrified that an American
is killed or dies in Iraq at the rate of approximately one every other
day (37 U.S. deaths have been reported since May 1 through July 17),
the deaths need perspective.
In Vietnam, the war I fought in as a U.S.
Marine Corps Combat Correspondent, cost America 14,557 buckets of
blood. That's a total of more than 582,290 gallons of U.S.
blood spilled in a failed attempt to bring freedom to the people of
All drops of
blood have equal value
I mean not to
discount the price of one drop of American blood in the pursuit of
freedom either abroad or at home.
All drops have equal value, whether the
people for whom the blood was spilled were benefactors of freedom or
No one can ever tell me that we wasted
American blood in Vietnam. That would be like telling a
championship team that losing one game meant that all the games played
were unworthy, failures, and to quit competing.
If the New York Yankees took a bitter loss
and berated themselves over and over for it, they would never play
American blood spilled in the name of
freedom has liberated the most powerful sectors of the world, from
Europe to Asia.
Japan, South Korea, the heart of Europe,
and, if you count the victory of the fall of the Berlin Wall as the
bloodless end of the Cold War, all of Russia and the former Iron
Curtain countries, America has done a heck of a job at providing world
series victories for freedom over tyranny.
This freedom, which I will call
Vigilance, has trumped the forces of tyranny, again which I will call
Terrorism, at a heavy price.
That price is blood.
doesn't rape, pillage and plunder the lands it liberates
nations who conquer others, America doesn't rape, pillage and plunder
the lands it liberates. Instead, it leaves the
legacy of freedom in its wake. It promotes the right of
free speech and democracy to peoples who may have never tasted such
liberties, but who, once grasping them, run like Olympic champions to
the finish line with all the tools of freedom possible in their hands.
were fertilized with thousands upon thousands of buckets of
Japan, in just a few short decades, became the second most powerful
economy in the world. South Korea and Taiwan became
shining symbols of the fruits of freedom---all of those nations were
fertilized with thousands upon thousands of buckets of American blood.
Are we more
concerned with a single drop of blood today than the buckets
of blood from past wars?
warfare makes a single drop of blood more valuable in a sense.
We flinch when one American dies these days. In the past,
hundreds upon hundreds had to die before the numbness of war wore off
and the pain of loss found its way to our sensory organs.
I recently overhead some young
people talking about how terrible it was that Americans were dying in
Iraq. I wanted to sit them down and tell them how proud they
should be that Americans are spilling their blood for others.
No greater sacrifice can be offered than for an American to die for
someone thousands of miles away who may not then, or ever, appreciate
that the gallon of blood he or she spills upon foreign soil is the
price he or she is willing to pay for liberation, freedom from tyranny
pundits forget the price of freedom is the willingness to shed
blood for one's beliefs
pundits shout and scream about the ugliness of American
intentions--blood for oil--and other cheap, undeserved slams against
the Principles of Vigilance that have made America the great nation it
is. These critics forget the price of freedom is the
willingness to die for one's beliefs.
Those who believe freedom is
the most expensive and most worthy gift one can give anyone in the
world, often die for that belief. Back at home, those who
enjoy the freedoms others have spilled buckets of blood to insure they
have, call them names, spit upon them, and burn the flag that provides
liberty to the world.
I wanted to remind the
kids I overhead that America's power lies in the buckets of blood its
citizens have always been willing to spill to spread freedom around
the world. America's power isn't in its commerce or
politics or its weapons or military--but in the sinew of those brave
and courageous men and women who offer their lives for people in Iraq
and Afghanistan, or gave them in Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, or any
country where American lives were lost in the pursuit of freedom.
Blood, the life source, is not
spilled for corporations seeking oil, or for American politicians
seeking to build empires. Those who scream and rant
and rail against America's involvement in other nations, forget that
our duty and legacy is that we are Sentinels of Vigilance.
No other nation or group of
peoples in the history of the world has traveled to so many lands and
spilled so much blood to free those people.
The Roman Empire marched
through the lands killing many, but their mission was not liberation
tell your children the red stripes in the American flag represent
the blood spilled by Americans to secure our precious
there are those here and abroad who castigate Americans and our
efforts to provide freedom as empire-building attacks on nation's
The buckets of blood spilled in
Iraq, or the ones that may be spilled in Liberia, or perhaps will be
in Iran or North Korea, will not fertilize more Terrorism as the
critics would have us believe.
The buckets of Vigilant
Blood will fertilize freedom.
They have in the
past. They will in the future.
Our hope is our blood
will drown the Beast the Terror.
So, when you hear about
the death of the next American in Iraq, and start to moan and groan
and flinch and wonder why we are in Iraq, think about Buckets of
Think of the death
of that American dripping into the bucket to fertilize freedom.
Think of the value of a person willing to die for the future freedom
of children, fighting to provide a democracy in which your children
and the children of that land can live and work in harmony.
conquering nations threaten other nations with tyranny....not
all should be proud of the Buckets of Vigilant Blood our troops spill.
We should be able to sit down with our children and talk about the
price of freedom, and, when we look at the American flag, remember
that the red stripes in it represent the blood spilled by Americans to
Yorker recently had a cartoon showing a tableful of military men in a
Middle Eastern country carping at a table because America was
threatening them with liberation (see cartoon above). Most
conquering nations threaten other nations with tyranny.
The blood of
America spilled in other lands is to give the children of these
lands the same great rights we embrace
If the rights Americans embrace are great rights, then the blood
spilled in other lands is to give the children of other lands the same
buckets of blood worthy of respect.
Buckets of Vigilance.
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