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Just As Red

With his own hands
He would cut off
The entire head
Of a living human being

He would see, hear, and feel
The terrible struggle
As the soul was forced
From the body it inhabited

He did this with hard, cold, precision

He did this with no remorse or regret

He did this with the name of God on his lips

We cringe at the thought of these things

We ask how a man could be so cruel
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We do not regret his passing

And yet

If one thinks about the civilians killed with him

If one considers the cold "precision"

Of bombs dropped by jets
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And missiles fired from helicopters

And defensive firing from road blocks

If one considers the impersonal nature
Of the killing of thousands of innocents
In what is called "collateral damage"

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Jim Bush is a 67 year old, Vietnam-era veteran, currently living in Texas. He was raised in a military family. His father received the Silver Star for directing troops while under air attack at Clark Field in the Phillipines, survived the Bataan (more...)
 

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