Archive for March, 2007

Should we withdraw the troops in Iraq or continue fighting? If we withdraw, does that mean we’ve lost? If we stay, is it a sure bet we will win? In this war, what does it mean to win or lose?  The answer may be different if you ask President Bush, or if I ask you, or if you ask me.  That’s part of the problem.  Since we all disagree why we are in this war to begin with, it is not a yes or no question, but a  combination of what, when, where, and why?  Even though it is my opinion that whether we win or loose, it will bring the same outcome, lets talk about some of the yes and no questions. 

1. If we our at war to protect our freedom, I think our freedom was not, is not, and cannot be based on the outcome of this war.  We are at war with an elusive enemy.  One that is everywhere, even here in America.  

2. If we are at war to liberate the Iraqi’s, and give them a democratic society, their fate is not determined on what we do.  This is their civil war, not ours…we can fight without end, but the ultimate solution is in the hands of the Iraqi’s themselves. 

3. If we are at war to gain control of oil…that also is ultimately in the hands of the Iraqi’s, no matter what solutions are made.  For example, look at Iran.  It doesn’t matter what agreements they have with whom…they’re going to do whatever the hell they’re going to do.  Just as we did.  We went to war, despite what the U.N. had to say.

4. Did we go to war as the result of a personal vendetta of President Bush?  If yes, then Saddam Hussein is gone, mission accomplished.

 For me, the answers to all of the above questions lead me to an answer of  Yes, we should withdraw our troops from Iraq.  But, here is another dilemma. It is not as simple as to whether or not we withdraw our troops.  If we withdraw our troops suddenly, we will increase the risk of more deaths.  If we do not withdraw our troops, we will also have more deaths.  If we set a deadline, then that will create a false sense of comfort.  These questions and answers are not easy. But I personally think we should have never ended up in Iraq to begin with, and we need to get out.  The deaths of our fellow American’s in this war are unjustified and unexcusable.   We need to spend more time compromising, debating and securing our freedom right here at home, and less time proving how strong we are, and how right we are.  America is not liked by many.  I know a lot of you could really care less about that, but it is an important factor to the future of our country.

It’s hard to admit when you’ve made a mistake, and even harder to forfeit, but sometimes you have to do that in order to protect your assets. Our freedom is our asset.  Our strength, and our being right is a result of our freedom.  We know that we are strong and we know that being free is right and that’s what makes us strong.  But if we loose focus of that, we loose everything this young Country has fought to achieve. To stay focused and to stay the course doesn’t have to mean we keep fighting this war, it can mean, we learn which course is best for our country to stay focused on.  The problem is, in the name of democracy, we all seem to disagree on what that course is.  But, on the other side of the coin, in the name of democracy, it seems that the majority of American’s agree that the course we’re on is not working, and it just might be time to change the focus, and get more of our young men and women home alive instead of in body bags! 

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patriotism

Posted: March 28, 2007 in All, Blogroll, War

Greed can hide behind Patriotism…blood for oil is not patriotic.

what do you think?

The War

Posted: March 28, 2007 in All, Blogroll, War

an awesome link about the war, and the British sailor’s held captive.  http://surfaceearth.wordpress.com/2007/03/28/wife-mother-and-headscarf/

I was reading an article on the editorial page in today’s Greensboro News and Record about the counter protest of the anti-war protest.  I haven’t gone to any of the protest, so I was amazed and saddened to read about some of the things the anti-war protester’s were chanting as they marched to the Pentagon.  They were, according to this article calling our soldier’s, our hero’s, “Baby Killers”, “Murderers”, “Fascists”, and screaming “You don’t support our troops” to the vets who were there.  This is what gives us anti-war folks a horrible, wretched name.  To any of you who think this way, shame on you!  Our truth is not the same truth as everyone else’s.  It is ridiculous that people can’t just voice an opinion without resorting to name calling.  It does nothing to further a cause, and it is unexcusable.  The same holds true on the other side of the coin. I’ve heard pro-war folks saying  horrible things about my group that share my truth about this war.  But for me, I understand that the people who support this war are living by their own truth.  And though I strongly disagree, they are my fellow American brother’s and sister’s.  We are all we have, and thank God we are allowed to disagree with eachother and our leaders.  But we must support eachother, as American’s.  No one group or person loves this country more than the other, we just disagree on what’s best for its future.  We all need to live by our own truth, and feel free to debate it all we want.  But when I hear about this type of behavior, it just sickens my soul.  Grow up people!

The Secret has become a phenomenon.  I have both read the book and watched the dvd.  I have found them to be very inspirational.  For those of us who have a hard time with positive thinking, they are a good reminder of how much better you feel when you stay in the positive. If for nothing else, I think The Secret should be on everyone’s must see and/or read list.  With that said, I think there are some fatal flaws with their theory.  The Secret teaches that the entire universe is guided by the law of attraction.   If you ask for it, believe and live it, you will have it, no matter what.  I find it hard to grasp that a 7 year old boy, sitting in his room, in his low income housing, with a single mom who doesn’t work getting a new bicycle because he applied the principle’s of this book. Or that I can sit around all day eating ho ho’s and drinking yoo hoo’s(as enjoyable as that sounds), I can be as thin as I want because I applied the principle’s of this book.  I agree 100%  that this book is on to something.  To most, it’s no big secret.  We all understand the principle behind it, we all just don’t always practice it.  Where the major flaw is, the laws of attraction cannot be successful without balance.  Everything in this world needs balance if it is to work successfully.  I think this book sets a lot of people up for failure, if they don’t understand balance.  The little boy may not get a bicycle.  But if he practices the principle’s in this book, and maintains balance in his life…he can make a different life for himself.  And someday get all the bikes he wants, or whatever the equivalent of the day is.  If I want to be thin, I must have balance. Not only do I need to think positively, but I must eat healthy and move my body regularly.  Look at everything and everyone in the world that is successful.  You will find balance in all successes.  If you buy a brand new car, you can’t just ask, think and receive that it will always work.  You  have to take care of it, and give it what it needs to work properly.  And of course if you want the money to buy that new car,  you can’t just sit around all day, with no job and expect you will get a new sports car just because you’ve applied the princple’s of this book.

All things and all people in the universe are connected.  All things are a see saw of balance.  Trees grow and thrive because they have a balance of what they need.  Celebrities rise to superstars because people admire and support them.  God is, because people believe and have faith.  But on the other side of the coin, balance can work in negative ways as well.   Trees can die because a company decides to dump toxic waste.  A celebrity can fall, because they don’t have positive balance in their own lives.  Or wars result because people’s beliefs and faiths in God are different. 

Although it can be misleading, I think The Secret and the laws of attraction are wonderful and can be quite empowering.  But you need to be mindful of keeping positive balance in your life.  It is my opinion that having a positive balance in your life is what leads to success. Balance is the heartbeat of the universe, and the laws of attraction cannot be applied without it.  

To Our Soldier’s

Posted: March 19, 2007 in All, Blogroll, Controversy, politics, rants, War

In response to a comment made by SurfaceEarth to The Woman’s War, I dedicate this post to our hero’s, our soldier’s and their families.

 You know, I wish I knew the answer to that.  These women, and men too are suffering, and our government has been turning its back on them.  A lot (not all) of these  young men and women who are joining the military are being recruited at paintball fields, and through video gaming.  These young people love playing these “games” and think a real war would be like the “games”, but better.  They are not old enough or wise enough to understand war.  And of course there are the men and women who go in, because of their love for this country.   Elizabeth was saying on The View today that she’s worried that our kids are not being taught “real” patriotism.  For some, the truth they have been taught is, in order to be patriotic, you must support your leaders without question, and believe everything that you’re told. And even if you disagree, you still fight to the death.  When they get into the war, they are shocked at the reality.  I know a few guys who went to Iraq, and came back saying it is a war that needs to be fought, that the United States needs to be there.  But they still suffer with ptsd.  The reason’s for signing up to fight for this Country are as varied as there are people.  I support and admire you for commiting to your truth, whatever that may be. However, I do not support your mission.  War is hell.  Sometimes it is unavoidable.  But when we commit the lives of our young men and women, it should be without a doubt, because there are no other options and America is in jeopardy.  It didn’t start out that way…but I think because of our actions, it has turned in to that. I don’t think that a lot of people understand that this war is a distant cousin of September 11.  It is not directly related.  If our leaders had chosen a different path 4 years ago, I think we would be safer than we are.  So, now we’re there, our men and women are coming back, if not in body bags, broken and wounded.  They need our support.  But the very government who shouts  “you’re unpatriotic if you protest this war” are not supporting our returning troops as it should. These men and women and their families should get whatever they ask  for or need.  They have given everything, or everything that means anything anyway.  Our Country should give them the same in return, no questions asked. Anybody who has the nerve to call me unpatriotic needs to take a long hard look at themselves first.  Support our men and women, get them home safely, and take care of them once they are home, damnit!

“The Woman’s War”

Posted: March 18, 2007 in All, Blogroll, Controversy, Life, War

www.surfaceEarth.wordpress.com told me about a story in the N.Y. Times Magazine called “The Woman’s War”.  It is rather long at 16 pages, but it is a must read if you’re interested in the truth about this war.  I will post an excerpt below, but here is the link to the full article.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/18/magazine/18cover.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=magazine

The Women’s War: Behind the Story

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Resource List (March 18, 2007)

Published: March 18, 2007

On the morning of Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, a 21-year-old Army specialist named Suzanne Swift went AWOL. Her unit, the 54th Military Police Company, out of Fort Lewis, Wash., was two days away from leaving for Iraq. Swift and her platoon had been home less than a year, having completed one 12-month tour of duty in February 2005, and now the rumor was that they were headed to Baghdad to run a detention center. The footlockers were packed. The company’s 130 soldiers had been granted a weekend leave in order to go where they needed to go, to say whatever goodbyes needed saying. When they reassembled at 7 a.m. that Monday, uniformed and standing in immaculate rows, Specialist Swift, who during the first deployment drove a Humvee on combat patrols near Karbala, was not among them.

Katy Grannan for The New York Times

Amorita Randall
“Saying something was looked down upon,” says the naval construction worker who served in Iraq in 2004 and says she was raped.

Swift would later say that she had every intention of going back to Iraq. But in the weeks leading up to the departure date, she started to feel increasingly anxious. She was irritable, had trouble sleeping at night, picked fights with friends, drank heavily. ”I was having a lot of little freakouts,” she told me when I went to visit her in Washington State last summer. ”But I was also ready to go. I was like, ‘O.K., I can do this.”’

The weekend before the deployment was to start, however, Swift drove south to her hometown, Eugene, Ore., to visit with her mother and three younger siblings. The decision to flee, she says, happened in a split second on Sunday night. ”All my stuff was in the car,” she recalls. ”My keys were in my hand, and then I looked at my mom and said: ‘I can’t do this. I can’t go back there.’ It wasn’t some rational decision. It was a huge, crazy, heart-pounding thing.”

For two days after she failed to report, Swift watched her cellphone light up with calls from her commanders. They left concerned messages and a few angry ones too. She listened to the messages but did not return the calls. Then rather abruptly, the phone stopped ringing. The 54th MP Company had left for Iraq. Swift says she understood then the enormity of what she’d just done.

For the remainder of that winter, Swift hid out in the Oregon seaside town of Brookings, staying in a friend’s home, uncertain whether the Army was looking for her. ”I got all my money out of the bank,” she told me. ”I never used my credit card, in case they were trying to trace me. It was always hanging over my head.” At her mother’s urging, she drove back to Eugene every week to see a therapist. In April of last year, she finally moved back into her family’s home. Then, on the night of June 11, a pair of local police officers knocked on the door and found Swift inside, painting her toenails with her 19-year-old sister. She was handcuffed, driven away and held in the county jail for two nights before being taken back to Fort Lewis, where military officials threatened to charge her with being absent without leave. As Army officials pondered her fate, Swift was assigned a room in the barracks and an undemanding desk job at Fort Lewis.

Despite the fact that military procedure for dealing with AWOL soldiers is well established – most are promptly court-martialed and, if convicted, reduced in rank and jailed in a military prison – Suzanne Swift’s situation raised a seemingly unusual set of issues. She told Army investigators that the reason she did not report for deployment was that she had been sexually harassed repeatedly by three of her supervisors throughout her military service: beginning in Kuwait; through much of her time in Iraq; and following her return to Fort Lewis. She claimed too to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a highly debilitating condition brought on by an abnormal amount of stress. According to the most recent edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by mental-health professionals to establish diagnostic criteria, PTSD symptoms can include, among other things, depression, insomnia or ”feeling constantly threatened.” It is common for those afflicted to ”re-experience” traumatic moments through intrusive, graphic memories and nightmares.

please read more…here again is the link:

 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/18/magazine/18cover.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=magazine