Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial day

For the soldiers and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice, this day is to honor them. Although I do not have close friends or relatives who have served & died in wars, I feel the heartbreak of those whose loved ones were killed in war. Lives cut short, so many too young.
We honor and respect their choice & their sacrifice.
 May they now rest in peace.

Yet I can't condone the practice of war, and I don't subscribe to the notion of obtaining peace via the avenue of war.
As we remain in Iraq a 7th year, Rep Grayson makes this point:

On May 30, 2010, the direct cost of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan hit $1 trillion. 
And in a few weeks, the House of Representatives will be asked to vote for $33 billion of additional "emergency" supplemental spending to continue the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Requested by a President who ran on an anti-war platform. Passing this legislation will mark the breaking of another promise to America, the promise that all war spending would be done through the regular budget process. Not through an off-budget swipe of our Chinese credit card.

Bush could never explain why we went to war in Iraq, and Obama can't explain why we are 'escalating' in Afghanistan.
So, why? Why spend $1 trillion on a long, bloody nine-year campaign with no justifiable purpose?

Imagine that we chose not to enslave ourselves to a massive military state whose stated goal is "stability" in countries that never have been "stable", and never will be.
"Imagine all the people, living life in peace."

1 comment:

Christopher said...

Did you see the divine Helen Thomas dare to ask the great and powerful Obama why U.S. combat troops are in Afghanistan during Obama's first presser in 10 months?

Got to love Miss Helen.