Sunday, March 30, 2008
Laura Armstrong: Blogger says war is not a GAME
By Laura Armstrong
The fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq coincided with my visit to the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance. It was a privilege to speak at their March meeting, where I encouraged them to keep standing fast for the troops currently filling their rather large boots.
Guys like President Jim Baskin, Bob Humphries, Lou Costello, Al Rowe, Jack Moses, Chuck Johnson and Robert Ledee (Lt. Col. Ledee is executive director of Armor 4 Troops) are among Alliance vets continuing to work on behalf of their brothers in arms.
As I reminded, there's a domestic war being waged on today's troops that's bolder, more organized and better funded (don't we wonder, by whom?) than ever. The rhetoric and actions of groups posturing for "peace" have become violent. First they defamed troops; now they bomb recruiters and incite murder.
"Freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors …" English professor John Daly to Marquette University freshmen, 2005.
"We support the troops when they kill their officers." - "Peace" slogan.
They "killed innocent civilians in cold blood…" U.S. Rep. John Murtha, slandering subsequently cleared U.S. Marines.
"Put the gun down or turn it around." - Peaceniks' message to troops, Portland, last week.
We military families are usually tolerant, but our patience with this ongoing rhetoric is about gone. One mom, blogging at www.bluestarchronicles.com, sounds off:
"Those who call for the murder of our troops do so openly, without one second of consequence to themselves. They're cowards, covering their faces and marching … where they don't have to worry about snipers or roadside bombs or dictators making them disappear … or look into the eyes of their enemies, of someone trying to kill them.
"They can go home and go to bed, not realizing the damage they do. They're just out having a good time … hiding their faces, calling for the death of MY SON.
"… It's a safe shot for them, they'll sleep in their warm beds tonight and attend classes tomorrow, while our sons don't sleep.
"God help me, I despise them … for their cowardice … their disloyalty to our nation … their lack of understanding of the fortunes they inherit simply by accident of birth.
"While they're out chanting and covering their disgusting cowardly faces, our sons and daughters are fighting people with real guns and a real will to kill them. This isn't a GAME.
"…Here's a clue you little wussy, snotty-nosed, prissy wimps:
"We have an all-volunteer army. You're free to go about your littsle meaningless lives and pursue your dreams ... without interference from the unpleasantness. Go back to class, drink wine and eat cheese in the park and discuss the philosophy of Marxism with your elitist latte liberal friends. Leave the work of this nation to people who can deal with real life.
"Now shut up, sit down, suck on your bong, cry to your mamas about how everybody is unfair to you and let the adults run the freaking nation."
Way to go Blue Star Mom!
And to the 233 heroes of the Marines' Red Dog squadron (HMLA 773), returning to Marietta Friday after serving with distinction in Iraq - A Heartfelt and Proud Welcome Home! Semper Fi.