Lt. Tim Collins of Britain’s Irish Regiment of the 15 Air Assault Brigade gave a speech to his men before the battle began that I think will be destined to be a classic in the history of this war.
“We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country,” he said. “We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them.
“There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send.
“As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory.
“Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there.”
There is so much more that is inspiring and impressive. Go read it and be grateful that our troops are privileged to serve besides such men.