Trusting the Treaty

Almost sixteen weeks since the treaty was put in place, I have yet to pen the treaty a name.  Treaties are agreements, usually between countries.  In 1819, the Adams-Onís Treaty was the purchase of Florida from Spain in 1871; the Treaty of Washington settled grievances between the U.S. and Canada; in 1994 the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and in 2010 New START (The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) between U.S. and Russia Treaty –which limits the nuclear arsenal capabilities of Russia and the U.S. while allowing for inspection.

My treaty is symbolic but it is real, after years of war. Those who follow my blog…well mostly the people who know my story are the people who read my posts, understands the symbolism. For the new reader, reading the previous post on my deployment may help to understand.

The deployment lasted seven years comparable to the years of the Iran and Iraq war.  The Iran–Iraq War, also known as the First Persian Gulf War, was a conflict between Iran and Ba'athist Iraq lasting from 1980 to 1988.  That war cost the countries economic, political  and fatal damage. My war cost me a psychological damage that remains: however, it brought neither reparations nor changes in accountability for victimization. I was safer in Silopi, Turkey and Northern Iraq over two decades ago.

Yet, the other side’s obligation or better yet somewhat compliance of the un-named treaty marked the beginning of a period of healing from the many years of suffering: denying earned leave, delay in approving sick leave, subtle sabotage, work overload even when you go above and beyond, frivolous investigations on a regular basis, harassments, words to perhaps make one with low self-esteem commit the final act and conditions that would make a labor lawyer excited and much…yes much more. Onlookers will be doubtful of your claims of the weapons of destruction fired at you. It is unbelievable. However, the weapons aren’t pointed at them and they cannot feel the injuries. I was recently asked, "How could you stay?" It is an internal will to survive.

The treaty has given me some level of psychological safety, a safety I didn’t have for many years.  But in this world, there are no full proof safety as we recently discovered with twenty children’s carnage in Connecticut. Evil can come upon you as quickly as evil does. We must always be aware of our surroundings. And... continuously look over your shoulder. Bullets can come from just about anywhere.

While trusting the treaty, I pray: The Lord is my shepherd 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.

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