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  • We are at war. Oh, it might not seem that way, but we are. On this 4th of July, somebody, somewhere in the world is being hunted, tracked, monitored, targeted, shot, killed by American made weapons used by American military personnel. Conversely, somebody is trying to kill Americans. Especially, our troops in harm's way.

    Back home we do our patriotic thing. We display ol’ Glory, hang the bunting, march in the parades, honor the vets, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, eat hot dogs and apple pie, watch a baseball game, frolic with the children, sing “I love America” and marvel at the evening fireworks.

    But some of us have to go to work. Deadly work. Our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen are concerned about the immediate and unforgiving issues of “life and death”. Their job is to defend and protect. Their fingers are at the ready to pull the trigger or push the button that will unleash death and destruction on America’s enemies.

    At home we worry about the ungodly heat and wonder if there will be an afternoon thunderstorm. They worry about killing the enemy. And possibly collateral damage. You know, innocent civilians, women and children, non-combatants who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    I did a Google search for images of a soldier. What I found was startling. Yes, there were images of men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there were other images too. Images from video games. Depiction of fantasy wars. First person shoot outs. Devastation. Carnage. Blood.

    Maybe I am getting too old, but it is getting harder to tell the real from make-believe. The computer generated war games are so life-like. I found my self asking, “Which is reality and which is... entertainment?”

    We are at war. And somebody, somewhere is suffering because of it. Happy Independence Day.
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