An apology to the majority who supported thia war.

  1. I truly wish we could all agree.
    Hey:
    I'm a nurse and a Mom. I wish I could say, You're fine." to my patients and, "Everything is good." to my kids.

    I was very concerned and am glad that much of what I worried about did not happen.
    We were told SH had WMD and would use them. I was worried about our troops.
    I saw on 60 minutes that much of the protective gear was not adequate. That some troops were inadequately trained.
    There were multiple news breaks about the "smoking gun of WMD discovery. Thank God they have not been true (so far).
    I WAS WRONG! It is with gladness I say that to my knowledge our troops were not victims of WMD as I feared.

    I admit that although my rational ? brain and my faith tell me all are equal I feel more grief when it is Americans harmed.
    I pray for all.

    The American casualties were less than I had feared, thank God. I pray there are few if any sick either physically or psychologically from this war.
    I prat there is no more killing, still admit to fear.

    We may never know the benefit versus harm to the people of Iraq. Children cannot make sense of war.
    Thousands of bombs were detonated. Cluster bombs, depleted uranium are part of the enviornment. Am I wrong to fear?
    Was I wrong to be horrified instead of glad?
    I am sorry I could not share the pleasures of victory.

    I was worried that this war would bring more hate. I am glad my worst apprehensions regarding retaliatory acts on our soil have not happened. I pray they do not. I support all we can do to prevent such as long as we don't lose our freedoms.
    This is NOT meant to disapprove of security such as at airports and other places. By freedoms I mean the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights.

    There was no doubt that we had the best troops and equipment so the victory was not a question. The cost was great but less than expected. GOOD!

    Please know I am writing from the heart. NOT making any logical points. I have been writing nurses notes in five decades so do not have writing skills.
    Please understand I am well aware that most Democrats as well as Republicans supported this war. I know I am in a minority. Persuasion is not a goal for me. Just explanation.
    (Any persuasive skills are used for such as the typical denial of someone having an MI. That is based on an assessment of the individual and their loved ones.)
    My loved ones are split on this about 50%/50%. I love them, they love me. With some we argue and yell, others agree to disagree. Then hug.

    Wish I could hug all of you who would open your arms.
    PS Sorry for any typos and mis spelled words.
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on May 11, '03
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   Mimi2RN
    I can see that this came from the heart. I do not like war, but I thought that this was one battle that was necessary and would happen a year ago.

    I always felt that Saddam Hussein was evil, but I think that the evil that had been done in his name far exceeded anything I could have imagined. His people lived in poverty while he, his sons and their cohorts took and used anything and anyone they chose. The plundering and slaughter would have continued in that country, with people continuing to live their lives in fear. The difficulty now will be to have a democratic government, not dominated by members of any one religious or ethnic group.

    My condolences to those families in this country and in the UK who have lost their sons and daughters, and may the wounded recover, and rebuild their lives with their families.
  4. by   cwazycwissyRN

    Spacenurse, thanks for sharing from the heart, you expressed so many of my own fears. In the whole, I still feel we all had the same goal, just different ways of approaching them.
    :kiss
  5. by   fergus51
    A great post. I hope people read and really try to understand where you are coming from.
  6. by   jnette
    Good post, Spacenurse.

    I DO understand your heart, and must say that I share your thoughts, feelings, emotions.

    I think the hard part for me has been to feel free enough to express my doubts or concerns without offending, without being "labeled" in some way. Because in all reality, I'm NOT the one or the other. I was attempting all along to just work through my own thoughts on this. Still am.

    And often I would just "stay away" from the threads for a given time just to find peace for myself. The last thing I wanted was to add more chaos or strife to an already emotional issue, or to my own emotions.

    But like you, what I felt, eminated from the HEART, and not from a specific political stand...

    Thanks for sharing your heart.
  7. by   sbic56
    Good post, spacenurse. I think that you speak the sentiments of many of us in your post.
  8. by   Furball
    Great post Spacenurse. Although I ended up supporting the war, I reached that point thru much reading, listening, soul searching and heart ache. Being somewhat liberal and not liking Bush a whole lot....I felt really weird and very scard. My first inclinations were to not support. My gut was in knot...I was so afraid that the war would end up badly and our casualties and civilian casualties would be huge. Right now I am happy that a muderous tyrant is gone. The Iraqi people at least have a chance. (Although I have serious doubts that a Democracy will take root with the Theocrats trying to take over, sole custody)WMD appear to be gone....poof! Just remnants left. A score for American safety and also for the world though they don't seem to appreciate it now. Just hope it's not all in the wrong hands in Syria? Iran?

    Enjoy reading your posts, Space. Don't ever stop!
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Don't plan to stop. I work nights. When I get up to go to the bathroom I look at news posts, ALLNURSES.com, and check my e- mail. Then go back to sleep.
    If there is something relavent to nursing or these threads that was not on the network news my husband watches I do the lazy think and send a link.
    So the accusations of laziness are entirely true. It just makes sense to me to share with fellow nurses. I enjoy your posts too. This is not mandatory like the 'Ethics' classes at Tenet hospitals.
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    As a critical care nurse at night worry and action are essential to the very lives of our patients.
    At a social event a physician told my husband, "When your wife calls me I give an order hoping to go back to sleep. I know there will be another call and I'll have to go to the hospital."
    Many times the doctor will not want to hear what we have to say. We are responsible for assessing the change in patients condition. We are responsible for challenging decisions not in the best interests of our patient.

    As citizens we have a responsibility too.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    What do you think is our responsibility in a democracy>
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    PARTICIPATION comes to mind, spacenurse. that would be the opposite of the current APATHY that is so common right now, to my thinking.
  13. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from jnette
    Good post, Spacenurse.

    I DO understand your heart, and must say that I share your thoughts, feelings, emotions.

    I think the hard part for me has been to feel free enough to express my doubts or concerns without offending, without being "labeled" in some way. Because in all reality, I'm NOT the one or the other. I was attempting all along to just work through my own thoughts on this. Still am.

    And often I would just "stay away" from the threads for a given time just to find peace for myself. The last thing I wanted was to add more chaos or strife to an already emotional issue, or to my own emotions.

    But like you, what I felt, eminated from the HEART, and not from a specific political stand...

    Thanks for sharing your heart.
    Jnette...sometimes I wonder if I am your much younger twin. I could have written this post myself if I could ever wake up enough to think that clearly. Thank you!
  14. by   NursesRmofun
    Spacenurse, that was one of the what I think was the sincerest, nicest things I have seen written here. I don't think anybody likes war. We sometimes have to do what we have to do....and that means war. I am not sure why the powers that be/were thought it was necessary, but it happened. I just hope we can get out soon! God bless.

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