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Yesterday I was speaking with my son who is a Marine stationed in Fallujah. Every so often I am lucky enough to get a phone call, but the conversations have a background noise. All I hear when speaking with him is mortar fire and machine guns hammering away at something. My imagination runs away with me, although it isn't an imaginery time. This is real gun fire, not fireworks on display.

The Warrior Mother in me wants to reach through the phone and magically remove my son from harm. He's trying to carry on a normal conversation about food, movies and what he is thinking about doing when he returns home in December, and I am ready to vomit. Not only because my son is in harm's way, but because our Government put him there for absolutely no reason except power, greed and stupidity.

George Bush and his criminals should not only send their children to Iraq, but they should go put on all that heavy equipment in that sweltering heat, not eat a real meal for a year, and get shot at all day long. We will see how long they would last and what they thought about "bringing democracy" to this Country that they destroyed and are now attempting, in vain, to rebuild.

So today I get an email from the Company Commander in Iraq. These messages are received by "Marine Moms" on a daily basis. The message is contritely named "The Fallujah Courant." The 1st Sgt., or Sir, as he likes to be called, recounts the events of yesterday. "Mortars hit us yesterday not on the fourth. No one was injured but once again there was a little damage to the compound.....I put mortar frag in my cereal for breakfast, so bring it on..."

This Man from Mars then goes on a tirade about what good work they are doing building Iraq, and how in 2004 there was a government put in place and some farmland irrigated. Of course in 2004, after billions of our tax dollars hard at work given to Halliburton, Bectel, and many more degenerates living off the spoils of war, is their "farmland". But of course there is the fa├žade of a "Government". Over 2,530 soldiers died and 25,000 horribly wounded to show how great we are at building a "democracy".

I have news for the 1st Sgt. those mortars are being aimed at sons, fathers and husbands. The cavalier attitude displayed in these daily messages is mind boggeling.

So I will remain Anti-war, Anti-Bush Crime Family and keep fighting the mentality that we are "spreading democracy" and "helping" the poor and downtrodden. However, reading these daily newsletters will always make me vomit.
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Anti-war activist, mother of three combat tour US marine; member of the national steering committee for the "World Can't Wait" and member of Military Families Speak Out (my opinions do not reflect the national position of MFSO).
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