My alarm clock is set to radio, and the radio is set to NPR. I can’t deal with the buzzer option…you’re likely to be peeling me off the ceiling when it goes off. So every morning I am awakened to Morning Edition and try to make it out of the bed before Radio Reader.
This morning I was lying in bed listening to two mothers talk about what it was like losing their sons in Iraq. This story coincided with the death of the 2000th American soldier in Iraq.
I’ll let that one sink in for a sec. TWO THOUSANDTH AMERICAN CASUALTY.
I’ve never been a fan of the war and I’m even less of a fan of Dubya, but come on…enough is enough. How many more of our own have to die? Don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost compassion for the plight of the Iraqi people, and I understand that they needed help to get out from under Sadaam Hussein. Got it. No problem there. USA=heroes. Got it. But aren’t we kinda done? Haven’t we been training them to take on the peacekeeping work in their country?
I listened this morning to a mother say that when she saw the gray vehicle with the man in camoflauge fatigues park in her driveway she just started screaming because she knew what it meant. Another mother said that she met the military personnel on her front porch because somehow if she could keep them out of her house “it wouldn’t be happening.” When that same woman was asked if she thought that her family’s sacrifice was worth it for the good of her country, her answer was very simple.
I don’t have children yet, but I lay there in my bed and cried with these two women this morning. To have that much strength and not completely fall apart in the face of losing your child…the second woman went on to say that she had seen on the news an Iraqi woman, dressed all in black, clinging to a coffin and wailing…and she wanted to put her arms around that woman because “I know exactly how she is feeling.”
I admit freely to being a liberal and a democrat. I admit freely to thinking that our country is being run by a frat boy who puts his cronies in offices that they aren’t qualified for and can’t talk his way out of a wet paper bag. I understand that a great majority of Americans probably think those who believe as I do are un-patriotic, un-Christian, un-fillintheblank, and that’s fine, that’s their perrogative. But in this post and on this issue, please understand, I’m speaking as someone who loves her country and her fellow Americans…and doesn’t want to see any more of them die. This war is a sham. We need our troops to come back home.