A friend remarked about being “dumb and young”. Read down through the comments. I replied:
I would not say “young and dumb” but, rather, “young and immortal”, for when we were young we knew that death was for some one else, but not for us.
Now that I am older, I have the benefit of age to counsel my thoughts, and let me better understand the sacrifice that others made for me, and for those not even born. I comprehend that “youth is wasted on the young”, but also understand why it is youth that bears the burden of war, for were we elders to consider the thing, it might not be done ne’er so well, or, rather, done to such a degree that generations might recoil in horror at the results. Hard to say which is the better course.
However, we are blessed, as a nation, with the gift of those who understand the cost and obligations that our Constitution demands, and are willing to risk all to keep that fire of liberty burning. We are, indeed, blessed that there are those who still can look around and say to themselves that “Yes, there is something here worth risking my life to protect”.
When the day comes that we have no more such as these, then we will deserve whatever fate befalls us.
Until then, give thanks to the Gods that there are those like SSG Cardenaz, who lead by example.