Give Us This Day
With Ramadi now quiet, the Marines have declared war on garbage. That's the LA Times reporting.
"Good. That is good," the lanky Marine said in a quiet, almost reverential tone as he watched workers load filth into the back of an orange dump truck. "It makes me happy, just to see them working."
I think it would be dangerous to assume that success will always continue uninterrupted. Thomas a Kempis, in his Imitation of Christ says "the devil ... never sleeps but goes about seeking whom he may devour." And though they probably haven't read a Kempis, you can be sure al-Qaeda is working on a plan.
BGen David D. Phillips, speaking at a blogger telephone conference I attended, described the joy he experienced recently watching a Unity parade in Ramadi with Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts carrying the Iraqi flag, with the municipal fire department marching behind and a tootling brass band in the van. He thought he'd never see such a sight in Ramadi, of all places. And whether or not it lasts, for a space at least, valor has bought peace.
It is not our part to master all the tides of the world,
but to do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set,
uprooting the evil in the fields we know,
so that those who live after may have clean earth to till.
What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.