Originally Posted at http://sheepdog.townhall.com on July 28, 2006
I'd like to offer a comparison for you. These are two young people, roughly the same age, who made the papers recently. Let's look at them.
The first one is Cecelia Lucas, a Berkeley graduate student who penned an ode to Hezbollah recently, which can be found here. Her poem has such memorable lines as these:
I am learning to have hope in you
I am learning to see you as so much more
Than those actions I would never want to commit
You amaze me
Born out of death to life in a cage
Raised by Colonialism
Great stuff, huh?
No, this isn't a joke. It's really an American college kid writing a love poem to Hezbollah, while claiming to be a supporter of non-violence. The cognitive dissonance here is nothing short of alarming.
The second one is a 19-year old kid from Phoenix. Specialist Vilhelm Heerup is an Army Reservist who clerked for his engineer dad while growing up. Now he's evaluating six-digit civil and structural engineering projects in Iraq. It's up to this young man to ensure the contractors are meeting deadlines and aren't cutting corners as the Army builds water-treatment plants in the Iraqi north. They don't get paid until he gives the thumbs-up.
If you could have one of these young people as your son or daughter, which would you pick?