copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert
Weeks ago, as I stood my post in support of peace, our soldiers, and all civilians worldwide, a young fellow stopped and asked me how could I do as I did. The fellow declared my actions treasonous, disrespectful of the troops. I replied. I have family who served, and one about to enter the fray. The man, visibly irritated, yelled as he pointed to other protesters. “What about them?” he said. I began to explain how one of the women has a son stationed in Iraq, another . . . my voice trailed off as he waved in disgust. Then, the inquisitive chap left.
It seems that many who advocate global harmony know not what to say when they are told to protest against the war is to dishonor those that serve our country. Peace people could explain as Drew Westen, Psychology Professor, at Emery University has. Doctor Westen offers, when George W. Bush declares we must continue to fight, and fund a futile battle built on false assumptions, Americans who care must respond . . .
Mr. President, do you want to know what it means to support our troops?
1. Don’t make the families take up a collection for their body armor.
2. Armor their Humvees so they don’t lose their lives or their limbs when they don’t need to.
3. Don’t send them into someone else’s civil war.
4. Don’t send them to war unless you would send your own children.
5. When they come home damaged . . .when they come home with their bodies frayed from that war, don’t you dare warehouse them with cockroaches in Walter Reed Hospital.
6. When they come back to the shores that they will never see again after having given their life for this country, don’t wisk their bodies in the middle of the night because it’s good PR for people not to see their bodies. You proudly display their flag-draped coffins like every American president has done in American history before you.
7. Don’t you ever, ever write a letter to their parents, to their spouses, to their children — when they lost their lives for this country — with a mechanical pen. You write it your own hand so you feel what it means when they lost their lives for this country.
Do you really want to know what it feels like to support our troops?
Bring them home.
~ Drew Westen, Professor, Emory University, November 7, 2007
I thank you for the thought, for the guidance, for the wisdom you share, Professor Westen. I hope all Americans will embrace the essence of your words. It is time we truly show our support for soldiers, for the principles we hold dear. Stop the killing. End the madness. Exit Iraq; not possibly in the next five years, if then, but now.