Wednesday, February 14, 2007

That's not a good reason

I've been writing the Boolog for some time now and as a result I can no longer remember what I've written. So, from time to time, it's possible that I will repeat myself. I feel like I might have written this before and if I have I'm sorry. But it bears saying again.

Last night on the news they were showing the House of Representatives debating a resolution condemning sending more troops to Iraq. As is the usual case in this debate someone stood up and said, "To not finish what we started over there would dishonor the memory of all those who have died fighting in the war."

I understand the feeling that you don't want the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces to have given their lives in vain. However, when it comes to dishonoring the memory of fallen soldiers I think that the ultimate authority on this issue lies with the families of the soldiers themselves. I feel confident that anyone who has suffered the unimaginable pain of losing a loved one in war has no desire to see that pain visit another American family. They alone know the true cost of this war and I think they would tell you that "honor" is small compensation for the loss of someone you love.

So, if you want to make an argument for us continuing to fight in Iraq that's fine. But let's leave "honor" out of it.


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