"The mark of an immature man is that he would die knobly for a cause. The mark of a mature man is that he would live humbly for one" - Catcher in the Rye -WARNING WRITER SPELLING CHALLENGED! But Sometimes you have to say "what the fuck!"

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Thoughts on War - Memorial Day

My brother just returned from Iraq. He is a captain in the army and a blackhawk pilot. Every day he was over there I would watch the news for headlines of those fallen, and pray that it wasn’t him. I smoked a lot of cigarettes and spent a lot of time fretting. He came back recently, and talks of missions and sitting in on interrogations etc. He is really upset about the prison abuse scandal, and what that is doing to the reputation of the Army. Im not a fan of war, I must say, but I totally support our troops over there. My heart goes out to them and there families every day.

Here is a link to the faces of the fallen from this Iraq war. Our hearts go out to you heros!

Fallen

Here is CNNs info
CNNFalen


Online I met a soldier who is currentlly in Iraq. We chat through yahoo occasionaly, I guess he has access to a computer ($20 hour). He sent me a poem he wrote on war, that I will post here without permission. He is another hero, serving his country, doing his job, in a war many of us don’t believe in.


this is a very condensed version of the time the night went calm.
i would have to work on it for a while to get it all written again. it is about 5 pages long and it bounces around a lot so I will do the best i can with a short version of it. and it is not perfect either. I have forgotten quite a bit of it so I am just writing to the bast of my memory. I dont think it sounds as good as it used to but at least you have an idea on what it is. i have the original at home. when I get there I will type it out and send it to you if you want.

There was a time the night went calm,
it was then i knew,
something’s wrong
gazing up, into the sky,
a fiery light,
passing by,
suddenly,
a boom,
a bang.
There was sudden killing,
sudden pain,
many murders,
all in vain.
there was war,
on our fair shores,
soldiers rushing through all doors.
there was sudden killing,
sudden pain,
many murders,
all in vain.
I could see,
the whites of their eyes,
enemy soldiers,
passing by.
i sit screaming,
agony,
pain,
will these soldiers come back again?
our young soldiers,
come out to fight,
come out to fight , this cool dark night.
for our brave soldiers,
it was the test,
they fought and died,
they did their best.
through the night,
all the same,
all the murders,
all in vain.
the night is over,
all is done,
the killings over,
the pain is gone,
all were slain,
all but one.
alone i sit,
in anguish and pain,
all around me have been slain,
all the murder,
all in vain.
a year has passed now,
all is done,
the killings over,
the pain is gone.
and i look back and see the wrong,
thinking of the time the night went calm.
CW2 Whitmus. United States Army



And on another note here is a site for Raed, the Iraqi who started a blog from Iraq during the war. Raed is another hero caught in this Bush war.

Raed

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