Saturday, December 23, 2006

It Just Doesn't Make Any Sense

Iraq seems so far from Michigan. That is until you realize that here in Michigan we've lost 116 men and women to the war in Iraq. The U.S. has lost 2,962 American troops, and worldwide, the total is at a staggering 3,209 coalition deaths.

My father has canceled his subscription to Time Magazine and no longer watches the news on a daily basis. The constant news about Iraq inundates him with too many painful memories of his time in Vietnam, now almost 40 years ago. He doesn't understand why we haven't learned our lesson yet.

Polls from the November elections showed that more voters voted against the Republicans because of the situation in Iraq more than any other reason.

Now the Detroit News suggests we should send another 10,000 troops to the slaughter. Why?

How many more must die? How many of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers must we sacrifice?

Just a thought, perhaps we should take a page from President James Monroe who advised:

In the wars of the European powers, in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken part, nor does it comport with our policy, so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded, or seriously menaced that we resent injuries, or make preparations for our defense.

Substitute European for Middle Eastern, and you've got yourself some free advice, Dubya.

Let's focus on another key word there - defense, apparently these days confused quite often with offense.


I don't have answers, but I do know that staying there, and continuing to send our loved ones there is not the answer either. Surely with all the brilliant minds in D.C. we can come up with something better than the status quo.

Our brave men and women deserve more than a magnet on our car or a yellow ribbon tied around the mail box.

Don't they deserve us fighting for them?


Nella said...

To LiberalLucy,
Views like yours is the reason why religion is alive and well in the world today! How can we heed the advice of a man who lived 200 years ago as it pertains to the matter of warfare? Oh, that's right, I guess the same way that you heed the advice of a man that lived 2000 years ago; by disregarding science and technology while hiding your head in the sand. Do you actually believe that James Monroe would have had the same oppinion about what constitutes our rights being invaded had he known that you could be anywhere in the world in less than a day?

LiberalLucy said...

Nella -

That's the beauty of our country and our government. The right to all to speak their mind and say their piece, no matter if it's the popular decision or not.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!