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  1. WWB

    WWB Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Sheep, Wolves, & Sheepdogs

    The letter below is a current post on our American Airlines pilots
    Challenge & Response website.

    This letter was written by Charles Grennel and his comrades who are
    veterans of the Global War On Terror. Grennel is an Army Reservist who spent
    two years in Iraq and was a principal in putting together the first Iraq
    elections, January of 2005. It was written to Jill Edwards, a student at the
    University of Washington who did not want to honor Medal of Honor winner USMC
    Colonel Greg Boyington. Ms. Edwards and other students (and faculty) do not think those who serve in the U.S.
    armed services are good role models. To: Edwards, Jill (student, UW)

    Subject: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

    Miss Edwards, I read of your "student activity" regarding the proposed
    memorial to Col. Greg Boyington, USMC and a Medal of Honor winner. I suspect
    you will receive a bellyful of angry e-mails from conservative folks like me.
    You may be too young to appreciate fully the sacrifices of generations of
    servicemen and servicewomen on whose shoulders you and your fellow students
    stand. I forgive you for the untutored ways of youth and your naiveté. It may
    be that you are, simply, a sheep. There's no dishonor in being a sheep - - as
    long as you know and accept what you are. William J. Bennett, in a lecture to
    the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997 said: "Most of the people in
    our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only
    hurt one another by accident."

    We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still
    remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are
    not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme
    provocation. They are sheep. Then there are the wolves and the wolves feed on
    the sheep without mercy. Do you believe there are wolves out there who will
    feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in
    this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or
    pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial. Then
    there are sheepdogs and I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and
    confront the wolf. If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy
    productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy
    for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf.

    But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your
    fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the
    unchartered path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the
    universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. We know that the sheep live in
    denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is
    evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is
    why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits
    throughout their kids' schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of
    putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. Our children are
    thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school
    violence than fire, but the sheep's only response to the possibility of violence
    is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too
    hard, and so they choose the path of denial. The sheep generally do not like the
    sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for
    violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not
    ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little
    lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at
    least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

    Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that
    there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn't tell them where
    to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports, in
    camouflage fatigues, holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the
    sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa." Until the
    wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one
    lonely sheepdog. The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big,
    tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have
    had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids, they just
    had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were
    clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those
    clinging, sobbing kids off them. This is how the little lambs feel about their
    sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

    Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard
    on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about
    their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Understand that there is
    nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to
    be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing
    around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump
    in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young
    sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and
    wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed, right along with the
    young ones. Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never
    come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11,
    2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, "Thank God I
    wasn't on one of those planes." The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, "Dear God, I
    wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a
    difference." You want to be able to make a difference.

    There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he
    does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive
    and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. There
    was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent
    crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence:
    assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said
    that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive
    behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they
    select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.

    Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically
    primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose
    which one they want to be, and I'm proud to say that more and more Americans are
    choosing to become sheepdogs.

    Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was
    honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the
    man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an
    operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When they learned of the
    other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd and the other
    passengers confronted the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation
    occurred among the passengers - athletes, business people and parents -- from
    sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground. "There is no safety for honest
    men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." - Edmund Burke.

    Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of
    police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature, the sheep---real
    sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They
    didn't have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be
    whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision. If you want to be
    a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the
    price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if
    there is not a sheepdog there to protect you.

    If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to
    hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love.

    But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior's path, then you
    must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic,
    corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door. This business of
    being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an
    all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On
    one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the
    ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of
    us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step
    up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward
    accepting and appreciating their warriors, and the warriors started taking their
    job more seriously.

    It's ok to be a sheep, but do not kick the sheep dog. Indeed, the sheep
    dog may just run a little harder, strive to protect a little better and be fully
    prepared to pay an ultimate price in battle and spirit with the sheep moving
    from "baa" to "thanks". We do not call for gifts or freedoms beyond our lot. We just need a small pat on the head, a smile and a thank you to fill the
    emotional tank which is drained protecting the sheep. And when our number is
    called by "The Almighty", and day retreats into night, a small prayer before the
    heavens just may be in order to say thanks for letting you continue to be a
    sheep. And be grateful for the thousands - - millions - - of American sheepdogs
    that permit you the freedom to express even bad ideas.

    KURT E. ROHLOFF, Maj, TACC Flt Plans Branch, USAFR
  2. mearss1

    mearss1 TS Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    Bravo, Major, Sir. Succinctly put and extremely well written .. .. you can almost hear the 'ba-ing' beginning to echo from your accurate statements.

    USMC - 'watchdog', Retired.
  3. grammie

    grammie TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Thats part of the problem too,,,,,,"The sheep won't admit they are sheep,,,and will stand and watch as their country is overrun,,,they stand cow-eyed,,chewing their cud,,slowly,,without worry,,,,because they think they can trust their govenment,,,and will be taken care of",,,without the slighest hint that slavery is created in just this way!!!!!

    Many of those sheep are right here!!!! On this website!!!! I expect to hear them kicking on the boards of the sheeppen!!!!

    Many of those sheep are nothing more than followers,,,,they will follow the leader straight to hell,,,without a second thought!!!! And then dilute themselves with the Great Lie!!!! "God is on our side"!!!!!

    Once they become sheep,,,it is almost "impossible" to change their spots,,,they are destined to remain sheep forever,,,,,they then in turn raise their children to be sheep!!!! And so it continues!!!

    What is even more strange is-----they will fight to remain sheep!!!!!!!!!!

    They accept without question!!!!! Perfect!!!! Absolutly Perfect!!!! Keep them in their pen,,until they become useful,,,,keep them ignorant by the use of religion,,,keep them passive by the use of religion,,,keep them on their knees by the use of religion,,,and then teach them to kill by the use of religion!!!! Perfect!!!!

    AKA Grammie...............
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