Monday, November 08, 2004

Old men start wars

Objection to the war in Iraq is an objection to the present administration's foreign policy, not to the courage and mission of the young men and women who place their lives on the line. These young people do not make political policy and the only reward they may receive is their parent or spouse being handed a folded flag.

Those who object to a war still support those who have to fight and die in it. But if they must fight and die, then there had better be damned good reason for it.

We support the troops and will do whatever is necessary to bring them home safely and with honour while leaving the battlefield safely in the hands of those who are living in and defending their own homeland.

Old men start the wars and young men, women and children die in them. That is contrary to the order of nature where the children are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way around.

Perhaps there is nobody who hates war more and wants peace more than those who have been there and lived through the horror and the waste, unless it is the parents who have to bury the mangled remains of their children, whether physically maimed or dead, or mentally wounded for life.

The soldiers who talk most about events in a war afterwards are generally those who have escaped the real horrors. Those who have been engulfed in the terror and chaos of battle don't want to talk about it because of the pain it brings back.