Comments like these don 't bother me, but the escalating violence in Iraq and the complete lack of progress in bringing the troops home is disheartening. I had begun to think, "What 's the use? " --but then I got a letter from LuAnne. She described herself as "A Very Proud Marine Mom ", and she wrote to thank me for writing a column she found posted on a Marine-support website. After exchanging emails, and with her permission; I would like to share some of LuAnne 's feelings:
"My son has just returned from his third deployment in Iraq. He turned 19 over there the first year, He turned 20 in Fallujah the second year, and this year my son was on the Syrian border when he turned 21. I cannot explain to anyone the paralyzing fear I had every second of every day he was there, and to be quite honest sometimes I still cry because I am so lucky he came home to us. Please continue your good work. Somehow we have got to get our boys home. Thank you again, "
"I truly have been Blessed. I thank you for all that you do, and ask that you keep on trying to get the word out there. This country needs to hear the truth for a change. "
"[My son] was going to stay in and make a career out of this. But the 3rd time really broke his spirit. That and I begged him to get out. I told him I would support him for the rest of his life.. .anything but that constant paralyzing fear I was in. "
"It seems like only yesterday he was there in that horrible place...Mothers still have their sons there. It has got to end. "
"My Son is still not ready to talk --only bits and pieces. I call him a lot, Even on times I probably should not do so. I just need to hear his voice. "
"I cannot begin to tell you how hard this was on my other children. We are so close it was like our heart was torn out. My youngest son had a very hard time ... He was the only one in his class to have a brother over there. "
"[T]hey asked me if I had heard from my son, and I just lost it. Mostly because I had not heard from him, and so many marines were dying for what??? And the fear was just too much. I could not hold it in. ...until he was home I honestly couldn't pull myself together and really came close to losing it. "
"There has to be something we can do to stop this Madness. So many lives have been totally destroyed, for one man 's lies. "
"If I could say one thing that I truly mean from my heart, I would like people to know that anytime we hear that another soldier has died over there be it Marine, Army, Navy.. Every Mother and wife falls to their knees because it could be their son or husband. I still weep when I hear a soldier has died. I cannot imagine the pain. "
That is a mother 's love --and why this war must end. LuAnne 's family is just one of hundreds of thousands of American families who have been caught up in Mr. Bush 's war; and they are the lucky ones. Over 2300 families have not been so lucky. They have made the ultimate sacrifice.
"We don't know the course our own struggle will take, or the sacrifices that might lie ahead. We do know, however, that the defense of freedom is worth our sacrifice, we do know the love of freedom is the mightiest force of history, and we do know the cause of freedom will once again prevail. (Applause.) " --George W. Bush, 11/11/05
In fact, Mr. Bush believes we should honor the sacrifice of our troops by sacrificing some more of them: