I know that throughout history, some wars have lasted a very long time -- say, for instance, the Hundred Years' War. However, the Iraq war seems to be lasting a very, very long time.
While the war doesn't seem to affect many Americans in our day-to-day lives, many of us know people who have loved ones serving there. The families of these brave men and women live with the daily tension of the realities of war, dealing with loneliness and never knowing if their loved one will come come back injured or in a coffin.
This reality has been on my mind recently. A friend's son is due back soon; she will be so relieved when he's finally home. I know other people who have lost sons, husbands, fathers in the war. I pray for the families, that God would grant them peace despite their loss.
Besides an occasional scandal, it seems we don't hear much about the soldiers. Thankfully, their heroism hasn't gone totally unnoticed. It might seem a little ironic, but it took a Frenchman, also fighting in the war, to properly honor American soldiers. Jean-Marc Liotier's "A French Infantryman’s View of American Soldiers" provides a much-needed perspective on Americans who are in hostile lands doing their sworn duty to protect and defend.
I'm glad Liotier did, because many of our own countrymen won't.