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  •  The picture at the top of this diary should be on (19+ / 0-)

    every. single. story. about. war.

    Every. single. one.

    I've looked into the eyes of more than a few of the men and women who came back from Iraq and Afghanistan...and what I saw there broke my heart, even while it made me so very proud...of them.

    No others should be sent into harm's way unless there is irrefutable proof that we have no other choice.  And there is almost always another choice, as we have just proved.

    Warmongers be damned.

    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 05:14:13 PM PDT

    •  With all due respect, for every such photo taken (0+ / 0-)

      at Arlington, there are a hundred un-photographed scenes of Syrians weeping over the graves of loved ones massacred by the Syrian army. Or maybe they can't, because they were forced to flee the country.

      I hear and respect your conviction. But some of us "warmongers" take your sig line very seriously. What does it mean to you?

      “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
      he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

      by jjohnjj on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 10:06:14 PM PDT

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      •  Those of us who oppose war (2+ / 0-)
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        Also weep for the children of Syria AND throughout the world.  We just don't believe that bombing their county will in ANY way improve their lives.

        You might want to do a little reading about our current drone program.

        Now picture cruise missiles dropping on innocents.

        I really believe the disconnect is that 99% of us are totally removed from the horrors (and general futility) of war.  We don't serve in combat areas (or generally even know someone who does).  We don't see the war on our nightly TV like we did during Vietnam.

        So, seeing children killed by CW is horrific.  But there are equally horrific actions being carried out in our names.  Except ... we don't see that, unless someone like Chelsea Manning steps forward.

      •  I mean exactly what I say. War is a last (0+ / 0-)

        resort, never a first.  

        And it doesn't matter whether that picture was taken of a child weeping at the grave in Arlington or any of the other thousands of cemeteries around the country....or the world.

        Killing in the name of peace is still killing.  We need to find a better way to resolve the differences that divide us.

        We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

        by The Marti on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 07:40:52 AM PDT

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