I hate the war!!!I know most people don't want to hear anymore bickering about Bush, the war , etc. I just feel that if everyone stops talking about it because of complacency, it creates the atmosphere for these things to continue. I have learned that during Vietnam, many people took to the streets in protest, and kept constant pressure on our government. I have also learned that many anti - war protesters were targeted by our government and were killed , discredited, or jailed.
I can see why people today might be resigned to the fact that there is nothing that can be done. With the past knowledge of what happens to anti-war protesters, coupled with the fact that this has been framed as a fight between good and evil, I understand people's reluctance to even deal with the reality of what is happening!!!
I see the news report U.S. casualties on a daily basis, and for some reason, it gets me upset!!I know some people can see the reports and say " uhhh, that's too bad", or "that's so sad",then go about their daily routine. I try to do that, but I think deep down inside it hurts me. Maybe it hurts me because I don't buy in to the reason for the war in Iraq, and I see it as an unnecessary war, making the death of those soldiers unnecessary.Maybe because I was a former soldier and I understand the dilemma that these soldiers face: Either follow orders , or face court martial and disgrace.Then again, I understand that it's simply a matter of self preservation for them now. I just think that it's an unfair position to be in!!
I notice that even though the death toll continues to rise each month, the media coverage seems to be getting less and less. I think it is unfair to restrict media coverage of fallen troops as they make their final trip home to the land that they represented in their ultimate sacrifice! I know that this is by design, because if the American public were allowed to see the flag draped caskets, it might cause some to rethink the situation. I really think that if Americans thought about what is actually going on, and was made to face the grim reality , I truly believe that they would feel as upset, if not more, than I do!
Sidenote: It is my opinion that if the war supporters were really behind the principles and reasons for this war, they should not only volunteer to serve in any and all capacity possible, but they should make sure that their children serve without reservation!!