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Mourn the Dead, Honor Life

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        Last week we had Memorial Day, and the message promulgated across the land after the slaughter of 4500 of our troops in Iraq was:  Honor the dead. 

            There is no "honor" associated with the death of our soldiers in Iraq.  They were victims, at best a shameful waste of lives, a pitiable sacrifice to the partnership of government and private interests in the pursuit of greed, power, and madness. 

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            It is high time citizens came to grips with this reality.  This slaughter of our soldiers as well as the foreign victims proceeds because we endorse the savagery, approve of it by our silence, or too meekly resist it.  We the citizens are complicit; it would not continue if we had the integrity, courage and intelligence to disallow it.

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            To indulge in honoring the dead is to encourage more treachery, to invite more slaughter.

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            Yes, mourn the dead, but honor life

            Now let's get on with it:  We need to demand the truth about 911.  We must require full disclosure of the torture we have permitted.  We must require that all American soldiers vacate the Middle East now.  We must investigate and prosecute as justified the causes of the entire Iraq atrocity.  We must demand and act to institute decency and honor in our government.

            We must have precious little tolerance for honoring yet more dead next Memorial Day

            Memorial Day 2010 – that would make a good target date to install decency in our government and to honor life.

.............This from a nine-year veteran, just fortunate to survive. 


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Rafe Pilgrim, after "a life largely wasted on hard honest work," found himself a jungle of turkey oak, scrub pine and giant palmettos up a dirt road running east of Crystal River, Florida, which neither school busses nor the U.S. Postal Service dare (more...)

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