7 thoughts on “In our hearts & in our prayers”

  1. hey thanks for the link and the pic. Although I don't know what to say to the soldiers, I'm planning on sending some message of support.

  2. I have a couple of "pen pals" from this program. You know what they want to hear? Who you are and what you're doing. Driving to work, what songs are popular, what you're having for dinner, new movies, anything. Their lives are so different compared to "home", they just like to know that people are paying bills and trying to watch Friends on reruns. 🙂

  3. Actually, it's not. Our troops (and I think I've heard from enough of them to speak clearly here) understand that they have a mission to do. They want to see that it gets done. Our troops would rather do the job correctly & completely on this deployment. If given the chance to do so, that means they may not have to deploy to Iraq again in a year, or two years, or five years.

    "Bring the troops home now" sounds really nice. And – maybe in a less dangerous world – I think it we could. But we don't get to choose the world in which we live.

    Do you remember the day our troops came through Afghan villages? Men shaved their beards. People danced to music. Women removed their shrouds (don't make me spell burqas) and school girls got ready to go back to school after years and years of being shunned. Don't the people of Iraq deserve some of these same basic freedoms?

    I respect people who disagree with war on principle. But you need to come up with a solution. "No war" is not a solution – it's a bumper sticker (no offense, since you're selling bumper stickers). If war is not the answer in this one instance, what is?

    Let's bring the troops home when the mission is complete. In the meantime, let's celebrate the freedoms we have. They wouldn't have it any other way.

    God bless.

  4. I support our troops (as I think everyone does) – but it's silly when people talk about this being an invasion to "liberate" the Iraqi people.
    People danced to music. Women removed their shrouds (don't make me spell burqas) and school girls got ready to go back to school after years and years of being shunned. Don't the people of Iraq deserve some of these same basic freedoms?
    Well if that's the case, are we going to go invade Saudi Arabia next? Because they oppress women and freedoms much more than the current regime in Iraq does. There are dozens of countries where the people are as oppressed or more oppressed than in Iraq. This is about gaining control of and profiting from the world's second-largest oil reserve, plain and simple. I suspect that we will see the Bush junta similarly "liberating" Iran, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the near future.

  5. Charles — I agree that Saudi Arabia has some serious problems, but the people of Saudi are beginning to rise up on their own and demand the kings give up some control.

    Let's not go through the oil debate again. It's here and while you may not agree, I think I made a very strong case. My views on the Iran issue are there as well. I suspect you will see the US government attempt to befriend the other republics you mentioned. You catch more flies with sugar….

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