There Would Be Others

By Sergeant David Goldich, U.S. Marine Corps

As a people we must disabuse ourselves of the profligate idea of civilized violence. We forget that for all of our advances imparted around the globe, America would have offered nothing to the world without the rifle and bayonet. As Marines we are ambassadors to the American public, a bridge between the necessary horrors of combat and civilian morality. As a sergeant, I will encourage my Marines to explain to their friends and families who we are, what we do, and what is required to win.

We can ride into battle with bomb-resistant vehicles equipped with weapons of increasingly precise lethality, but to win our current fight we must be prepared to put our men on the ground to perhaps die face down in the dirt. We must make ready from our vast arsenal of weapons . . . and ideas. A rifle can change a life but an idea can change the world. In our present situation, sometimes real power is not pulling the trigger.

A 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia, Sergeant Goldich was meritoriously promoted to his current rank in August. The preceding essay was submitted for his meritorious promotion board. He currently serves with 3d Battalion, 9th Marines.

 

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