Support our troops

April 14th, 2011

Have you seen any yellow ribbons lately in support of U.S. troops? Have you even paid enough attention to look for any? I think that sometimes we get too caught up in our own lives to think and pray for our troops overseas. We take advantage of the fact that we have brave men and women fighting for our country so that we can go about our daily routines.

If anyone has seen the movie “The Hurt Locker,” it is probably as close to portraying how life in the Middle East is like as possible. It is an incredibly moving film that demonstrates the struggles soldiers have fighting in Baghdad. The entire movie is filled with scenes of war that can move viewers to tears.

While watching it, I found myself asking, What would I do if I were in that position? How would I handle that situation? And each time I asked myself these questions, I was truly unable to figure out what I would do if I were in the soldiers’ positions.

There is one scene in the movie where a Middle Eastern civilian with explosives strapped to his body approaches a group of U.S. troops. He is apologizing and crying for help in the hopes of a U.S. soldier removing the explosives from his body. He cries that he has a family and children, and begs the soldiers to save his life. The man doesn’t speak any English, so the soldiers use a translator to understand his plea. The explosives are on a very short timer, and the soldier risks death if he helps him.

The soldiers don’t know if they should trust the man or not. Is he truly apologetic and crying for help? Or is it just an act to lure the U.S. soldiers closer to a roadside suicide bomb? They want to save this man’s life, but don’t know if it is a trap or not, or if it is even worth risking their own lives.

I have no idea what I would do if I were under that same circumstance. The movie portrays the inner struggle of the U.S. soldiers when they are trying to collaborate and decide what action to take. It definitely makes viewers sympathize with U.S. troops, and better able to see and understand what they endure on a daily basis.

The upsetting part is, I don’t think enough Americans have seen “The Hurt Locker.” I would like to think that many young adults have viewed the film, so our nation’s youth would have better role models to look up to.

I fear that our society is too immature. If I took a poll, I wonder how many more people in America have seen the movie “Transformers” than those who have seen “The Hurt Locker?” This is a sad and pathetic aspect of our society.  If more people watched the latter film, I feel there would be more appreciation for what our troops do.

With the recent (almost) federal government shut down, the one part that most upset me was the fact that the U.S. troops overseas would have had a delay in receiving their paychecks. Congress would have lived their comfortable lives and would have received their pay on time, but the troops, the ones that are truly deserving, would not have had that same treatment.

This is on top of the fact that they do not get paid enough as it is. In my opinion, defending our nation ought to be the highest paying occupation available. For what they do everyday, for how they risk their lives, they should have a much higher salary.

Whether you know someone overseas or not, please take a second and pray for our troops. They need our prayers to keep them safe, and they deserve our prayers because they keep us safe.