Saturday, November 17, 2007

Eisenhower and Moroni...Inspiring the Troops

General Dwight D. Eisenhower's message to the troops of the Allied Expeditionary Forces on the morning of "Operation Overlord," June 6, 1944, ended with these words:
The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
Thank goodness for a wise leader who understood the need to inspire his troops at such a crucial moment. Eisenhower's message reminds me of the 43rd chapter of Alma in which Captain Moroni encouraged the Nephite armies at a critical moment where victory hung in the balance:
48 And it came to pass that when the men of Moroni saw the fierceness and the anger of the Lamanites, they were about to shrink and flee from them. And Moroni, perceiving their intent, sent forth and inspired their hearts with these thoughts—yea, the thoughts of their lands, their liberty, yea, their freedom from bondage.
49 And it came to pass that they turned upon the Lamanites, and they cried with one voice unto the Lord their God, for their liberty and their freedom from bondage.
50 And they began to stand against the Lamanites with power; and in that selfsame hour that they cried unto the Lord for their freedom, the Lamanites began to flee before them...
Sadly, many of our leaders today do not have the same wisdom to inspire those who are fighting to defeat terrorism. Worse, they are discouraging our troops. For example, on April 19, 2007, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared "that this war is lost, that the surge is not accomplishing anything."

That kind of talk will not inspire the sacrifice, selfless service, and dedication needed to win the war on terror. Thank goodness for a wise man with vision and hope who lead the efforts of the free world in that dark hour of World War II. May we be fortunate enough to elect leaders who can lead the free world to victory against the tyranny of terrorism.

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