Zachari Klawonn, If I Were A Soldier, I would Also Be Honoured To Share A Foxhole With You Any Day.
Dear Zachari Klawonn,
You don’t know me and we most likely will never meet but I have heard of you. Based on what I heard, I decided to do some work on Google, these days, you cannot hide anything on the world wide web. Let me start off by saying, I have the utmost level of respect for you. I am sure you are far from perfect. I am not perfect either, so, we have something in common – our imperfections as human beings.
I live across the ocean but I have this bad habit of staying up to religiously watch ABC News. I got addicted when Charles Gibson was the anchorman and now its Diane Sawyer. I just love the way she expresses her humanity with each news story.
Last night, actually, it was the early hours of this morning, as ABC News comes on the BBC News channel at 1:30am. I sat back and listened to your story and the challenges you were facing in the army. I was deeply saddened that for an American, you would be treated in the manner you recounted to ABC news by a few small minded bigots. However, bigots will be bigots no matter where you place them. Put them in a position of power, they will let you know they are bigots. Put them on the street, the story remains the same. I was once told, that you can take a man out of poverty but you cannot take the poverty mentality out of him unless he decides to change his mindset. It is baffling to know your father was born in Kansas and yes, your mother is from Morocco, you were born in Morocco but raised in the US, yet these jokers do not think you have the full rights deserved by all American citizens.
That is what I think all these people are, small minded arseholes who need to get a life and stop being afraid of the unknown. While I am fully aware of the fact that the world is getting dangerous and you do have to be careful who you give access to, if we as individuals took the time to get to know others, we will find out that, sometimes, what we are afraid of is not worth the degree of fear we attach to it.
I will be honest, I hate wars, I hate to see people in pain, I hate to see people fighting each other let alone killing each other. But I also know and I have come to understand that war is part and parcel of our existence because that’s just the way it is. I have stopped trying to find out why. I don’t know if I have the stomach to marry a man in uniform let alone allow my child sign up to join the army. For that, I commend people who do. Please, excuse my selfishness but I best tell the truth. You on the other hand, took a risk and were willing to go to the front line, knowing full well anything could happen out there. I commend you and salute you like you have won the highest honour the US Army bestows upon its service men. I also like the outlook and attitude you have about the current challenges you are facing. “I’m not asking for a handout. I’m not asking for any special treatment. I’m asking for the bare essentials and the due rights that the rest of the soldiers have.” And that you duly deserve Zachari. I have read a few comments on the ABC news website and I agree with those who say you have earned your place and no one has the right to frustrate or push you out.
I am not a Muslim. I am a Christian. They say, all is fair in love and war, what a silly cliche. Hence, I believe when the war is raging and those bullets come raining down on us, they know neither Jew, Christian or Muslim. They kill whosoever they hit and all we can say is we are sorry for your loss. That is why I too would like to say, if I had the guts to join the army, I would share a foxhole with you and hold your back trusting that you would do the same for me. I only hope I don’t piss my pants while you keep your cool to ensure we both stay alive.
I don’t know if leaving the army would stop the arseholes from being bigots but according to everyone, you are the best and so, I trust that whatever you do after you leave them to their silliness, you will be the best. Make em’ eat their words by standing out.
Best of Luck Zachari
To read Zachari Klawonn’s story, follow this link: Zachari Klawonn
Image: Army Specialist Zachari Klawonn by ABC News