Monday, May 07, 2007

Waving The Flag

I have a request to make of Conservative Politicians, Pundits and Broadcasters. Please stop saying the Democrats don't support the troops because they want to pull out of Iraq. Not only is the logic behind this statement utterly flawed and ridiculous, it's also counterproductive. The War in Iraq is a bed that W made and all of you have to lie in, and trying to make it someone else's problem isn't the answer. If you really want to help the troops then bring them home.

I drive past a cemetery in my home town a few times a week that brings the problem into stark relief for me. The Prospect Hill Cemetery places a flag in the ground for each American who dies in the conflict in the Middle East. There are a whole lot of 'em, and it's only going to get worse. The fact of the matter is this; the war has been lost, through no fault of the troops. The have fought bravely and in almost every single case with the utmost honor. And many of them have convinced themselves that they are doing it to protect their nation, their families and their very way of life. But, that's not what's going on over there. By toppling Saddam we opened the door for two groups of people that hate each other almost as much as they hate us, to kill each other... and us.


The Bush Administration wants to have a semantic debate of the terms "sectarian violence" and "Civil War." Well it's real simple: call it what you will, but we don't need to be a part of it. They can kill themselves if they want to, but we don't need to be putting up any more flags at Prospect Hill Cemetery. We all know things are going to be bad in Iraq for years, maybe generations, to come but we don't need to be killing off a whole generation of lower and middle class America because of it. We need those people back here in the States having kids to fight the war started by the kids of the countless thousands we've killed and maimed in Iraq. Kids who may not have cared much about America before, but who now want nothing more then to hurt us.

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