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Old 10-06-2006, 08:49 AM   #1
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Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10
minutes.
He stays up for days on end.
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You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.
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You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward. __________________________

You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up
with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.
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You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket. !
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags. __________________________

You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.
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You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists. __________________________

You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his
brow.
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You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order
wrong.
He doesn't get to eat today.
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Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are
clean.
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You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.
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You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
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You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
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You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.
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You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll
ever meet.
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You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and
remembers why he is fighting.
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You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
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You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
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You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He does exactly what he is told.
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You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.
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You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by
gunfire.
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You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place
because of men like him.
If only there were more men like him!
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Old 10-06-2006, 01:48 PM   #2
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I'll be honest and say these type of posts make me puke (nothing personal Lyn, I know you didn't compose it)

There is nearly always a hidden agenda..seriously who doesn't 'back the troops?'

What we get, stealthily added, is the implication that those against the wars Bush is fighting are also somehow anti-forces.


Nearly everyone knows someone who has sacrificed to serve his country and also knows we'd be lost without them.

Here is my own verse.

You read about the illegal wars he is duty bound to fight.
He is forced to fight them without sufficient body armor.

You expect him to kill to order
He becomes a scapegoat for lashing out at the enemy.

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Old 10-06-2006, 09:00 PM   #3
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So true, Lyn...so true. :)
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Old 10-06-2006, 09:01 PM   #4
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@@ and this one, too.
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Old 10-06-2006, 09:03 PM   #5
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Could a mod delete this? my browser posted it twice ;_;
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"Those who are gone would not wish themselves to be a millstone of gloom around our necks. But there are many of the living who have had burned into their brains forever the unnatural sight of cold dead men scattered over the hillsides and in the ditches along the high rows of hedge throughout the world. Dead men by mass production ? in one country after another ? month after month and year after year. Dead men in winter and dead men in summer. Dead men in such familiar promiscuity that they become monotonous. Dead men in such monstrous infinity that you come almost to hate them.

"These are the things that you at home need not even try to understand. To you at home they are columns of figures, or he is a near one who went away and just didn't come back. You didn't see him lying so grotesque and pasty beside the gravel road in France.

"We saw him, saw him by the multiple thousands. That's the difference ..."

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Old 10-06-2006, 10:22 PM   #7
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I'll be honest and say these type of posts make me puke (nothing personal Lyn, I know you didn't compose it)

There is nearly always a hidden agenda..seriously who doesn't 'back the troops?'

What we get, stealthily added, is the implication that those against the wars Bush is fighting are also somehow anti-forces.


Nearly everyone knows someone who has sacrificed to serve his country and also knows we'd be lost without them.

Here is my own verse.

You read about the illegal wars he is duty bound to fight.
He is forced to fight them without sufficient body armor.

You expect him to kill to order
He becomes a scapegoat for lashing out at the enemy.

NM
Being in the military myself, you'd be surprised how many people out there actually hate the military. The vast majority of people support us, but there are always those that just hate us. Don't ask me why, but for some reason we're looked down upon in some places. I guess that whole "only people that can't make it in the real world join the military" image is still around in those places.
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Old 10-06-2006, 11:08 PM   #8
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Being in the military myself, you'd be surprised how many people out there actually hate the military. The vast majority of people support us, but there are always those that just hate us. Don't ask me why, but for some reason we're looked down upon in some places. I guess that whole "only people that can't make it in the real world join the military" image is still around in those places.
It has to be some type of envy thing, to go out and make that type of real contribution.

I would imagine that it doesn't get more 'real world' than serving in a country like Afghanistan or Iraq.

Luckily, I think these people are in a very small minority.

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Old 10-07-2006, 02:28 AM   #9
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I'll be honest and say these type of posts make me puke (nothing personal Lyn, I know you didn't compose it)

There is nearly always a hidden agenda..seriously who doesn't 'back the troops?'

What we get, stealthily added, is the implication that those against the wars Bush is fighting are also somehow anti-forces.


Nearly everyone knows someone who has sacrificed to serve his country and also knows we'd be lost without them.

Here is my own verse.

You read about the illegal wars he is duty bound to fight.
He is forced to fight them without sufficient body armor.

You expect him to kill to order
He becomes a scapegoat for lashing out at the enemy.

NM

The IDEAL of what our nation is supposed to stand for,.... is what our brothers and sisters die and suffer for. The few feeble, arrogant, ruthless and selfish old men that dictacte where battle is to be waged,... are not.
Many enter service because they have not the financial means to do otherwise,...yet they have the ambition to do something meaningful with their lives. This is to be commended honored and respected.
Some join not fully understanding that since the dawn of mankind a warrior's job,..his very duty,.... is to KILL and or die. It is not a game,...it is not a vocational program. (This is sad because it is sometimes marketed as such).
War is not poetic or beautiful,......but it is without question neccessary,.......as sadly most HUMAN BEINGS are still animals, and governed far more so by vice than virtue.
But they're none born of woman that is a god and can change this on a grand scale. (It is not in your power to do so)
All you can do is be as honorable and just as YOU can be,....so give those their due that do their job's for whatever reason.......... F#ck the politics.



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Here is my own verse.

You read about the illegal wars he is duty bound to fight.
He is forced to fight them without sufficient body armor.

You expect him to kill to order
He becomes a scapegoat for lashing out at the enemy.

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1) There is no such thing as "sufficient body armor"...all armor is "bullet resistant"...not "bullet proof"...and for the record...air is bullet resistant...

2) IF they are, or are not scapegoats would be up to the soldiers themselves...if they believe in what they are doing and are doing it willingly..they are not scapegoats....they just have a different ideology than those that oppose the war...and people looking from the outside in cannot make them scapegoats. Opinions from the anti-war crowd no more change the definition of a soldier than a vegetarian can change the definition of a cow.

...and just out of curiosity..you said " the implication that those against the wars Bush is fighting are also somehow anti-forces"...why Bush...and not Blair?

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