Friday, November 16, 2007

Veterans Against The War

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell. —William Tecumseh Sherman

Mission Accomplished, the banner proclaimed. That was way back in May 2003 when our noble soldier-playing president flew onto the aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln, and told us the hostilities were all but over in Iraq. This was back when the death tally was a scant 170 brave young men and women. Today the total is 3866. It is also likely to continue to mount.

Many who do not die and who in previous conflicts would have, are saved by speedy medical treatment and thereby damned to a fate worse than death... survival with maimed, deformed bodies with damaged souls. The rate of suicide has doubled among our soldiers.

Sherman also observed, “In our Country... one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.” With that in mind, it’s not difficult to figure out what kind of class President George W. Bush has.

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