I will even suggest that without this piece today most of you, MOST, would not have had even a passing thought about either Iraq or Afghanistan and you know I am right, sadly enough.
We can talk about the legality of these wars or the lies that led us to them. We can point fingers and place blame and there is plenty to go around. We can scream loudly how the very people we elect to represent us have played fast and loose with American lives without so much as showing a millisecond of concern or responsibility and the ongoing argument that if you vote against funding for these wars it is somehow proof that you don't support the troops is just plain ridiculous at this point, as it always was and will be.
How many more neighbors, sons, daughters, bothers, uncles, husbands, wives, aunts, and lovers have to fall before you have had enough? How much death and bloodshed must we have before you come to the understanding that even if you believed with all your heart this was the best and only thing we could do at the time, as ill informed as that position is, that that idea no longer carries any weight in current day reality? How many? Ask and answer these questions and perhaps you will see that the answer is and always was about just leaving and doing it quickly.
We will never leave if the American people continue to loudly do nothing as we are now. Our collective silence on war and the ongoing decay of society that can be directly linked to the onset of these conflicts should no longer be about saving face by hiding behind the IDEA of democracy and safety. Bring our soldiers home and let them defend their homeland; this country where not only will the body count decrease by 99.9% but the stronger borders we want and the heightened security we need could be accomplished by those who proudly serve today.
There are many reasons we are still at war and I could write a million more words to justify my position that we need to end our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan now, but there is only one reason that matters for the purposes of this scribing. It's the right thing to do, period.
You really have no concept of what the cost of war really is and you have no clue why this patriotism we hold on to so tightly has actually caused more harm then good at this point, for patriotism is by definition a love and loyalty of one's country. It's time to be a genuine patriot and demand we restore our soldiers to their place in this country and end the unnecessary and sick policies that are tearing apart families in every corner of this great land. If that is not something you can believe in then I do question your patriotism for what is more admirable than one who cares and believes in taking care of our neighbors and supporting and demanding that we do what is right and best for our country?
If you find my premise a liberal idea or misinformed I sadly understand that you have allowed yourself to be programmed into believing that what we are doing in the Middle East somehow is making a difference here at home, because it is not, if it ever was. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in the name of democracy, literally. How can we be proud of that? How?
I pray for a sane understanding from you my friends, that now is the time to end this insanity and if you would please consider what I write today without a political filter. I have some scintilla of hope you will see what I see. I pray!
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