Honour and memorialize those valiant warriors at the tip-of-the-spear? Absolutely!
Call to account the system that too often fails them? Absolutely!
Change is most effective when from the bottom up. Do your part to redeem and support the Warrior Path by engaging, voting, and taking thoughtful, persistent action in building a system that is more fair, more honourable, and aims for the Greater Good for the Greatest Number.
Steps for systemic change are laid out in "The Watchman's Rattle" by Rebecca D. Costa. See Stanley Kubrick's wrenching film "Paths of Glory" about World War I and watch the TV series "Reilly, Ace of Spies" starring Sam Neil. Also check out "Charlie Wilson's War" for insights into the Afghanistan situation. For more on bottom-up change see www.opednews.com.
Pamela Jaye Smith was a member of the Advanced Warfighting Working Group at Fort Knox from 1994-99. Smith has over 30 years experience in Hollywood, including 10 years as a free-lance media producer-director in the Aerospace and Defense industries. Project travel includes the Philippines, the Arctic, Ecuador, Singapore, and Thailand. The author of five books on writing and filmmaking, she has taught in Rome, Marseilles, Copenhagen, UCLA, Pepperdine U., Army and Marine Cadet Corps, and throughout the US. Smith co-founded a teaching program whose pilot project linked Los Angeles and Afghanistan youth studying media.
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