"How Ya Gonna Keep Them Down On The Farm..

  1. After They've Seen Baghdad???"" Sung to the old war tune...
    "How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen
    Paris?" (Par eeeee?)
    Our fighting men touring the palaces of Baghdad !! Lounging in brocaded chaises, admiring tapestry wall hangings, and walking marble floors.
    The local boys from my little corner of the world, the majority of whom have never been more than 200 miles from here. .. in Baghdad ! They have to be experiencing a lot of culture shock as well as war stress.
    The local American Legion , and VFW, school cheerleaders, restaurants, banks, and everyone else has been collecting $$ to give to their families. The $ is to be divided and distributed this Saturday. One dealership contributed $15,000. Everyone is contributing it seems, especially those whose sons did not go. It is on t.v. every night. Each home, (there's about twenty) is decorated with Welcome Home Hero signs and banners and ribbons, for when they return and to recognise the homes of our fighting men.
    These guys will return to appreciative towns and people who are planning parades & parties upon their return.
    Let's hope it is soon.
    I don't know how they will adjust to ordinary life again, within the perimeters of their previous lives. I hope the government and the services have some bucks set aside for the counseling...they've been built up pretty high...I worry about the post-climatic crashes. Back to clerking at Walmart ?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Jaaaman
  4. by   Mkue
    Our forces have done an incredible job in a very short time. My town also has yellow ribbons around trees to welcome them home safely. It will be such a joyous occasion when the mission is completed and Iraq is under new Leadership and the people have their country back and their freedom.

  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by mkue
    Our forces have done an incredible job in a very short time. My town also has yellow ribbons around trees to welcome them home safely. It will be such a joyous occasion when the mission is completed and Iraq is under new Leadership and the people have their country back and their freedom.

    I have to agree; even though I was dead-against this war, I am proud of our troops and what they have accomplished.

    I hope when this war is over and we are rebuilding, our economy will rebound so these folks will indeed have jobs if they elect to (or are forced to) opt out of active duty. Hopefully, reservists will have their jobs to return to. Hopefully their psyches won't have sustained too much damage. I hope they can adjust back to life at home at some point. I know this much: We should all shake their hands and thank them for their sacrifices when they do return and keep the families of the lost ones in our thoughts and prayers.
  6. by   jnette
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    I have to agree; even though I was dead-against this war, I am proud of our troops and what they have accomplished.

    I hope when this war is over and we are rebuilding, our economy will rebound so these folks will indeed have jobs if they elect to (or are forced to) opt out of active duty. Hopefully, reservists will have their jobs to return to. Hopefully their psyches won't have sustained too much damage. I hope they can adjust back to life at home at some point. I know this much: We should all shake their hands and thank them for their sacrifices when they do return and keep the families of the lost ones in our thoughts and prayers.
    wooHOO ! Ditto, Ditto, Ditto.

    Blueyes, you did it again ! You always manage to say what's in my heart.. beat me to it.. and say it ever so much better than I could ! Thank you.
  7. by   Mkue
    Nice Post Deb
  8. by   Disablednurse
    Ditto to all that you have said under this post. You all are so eloquent in how you describe things. I wish I was so eloquent. Thank you.

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