Tonight, I arrived home from a wonderful weekend of fun in Seattle only to receive some terrible news: my Army girl's ex-boyfriend was killed in action near Fallujah yesterday, just three months before his tour of duty was to end.
This young man was part of our family for years; he and Melanie were practically engaged, and while dh and I ended up being very unhappy with him (and his mother, who engineered their eventual breakup), they remained friends long after the split, and still talked occasionally for a couple of years even after his enlistment in the Marines. In fact, he was her inspiration for joining the Army........like her, he had aspirations far beyond life in this little town, and he figured the service was a good way to get the money for college, and see a little of the world while he was at it.
I can't believe he's really gone!! The details were all over the newspaper and TV today; according to the media, he was shot in the head and died along with several other U.S. soldiers in the midst of an attack on their position. He is the third serviceman from our town to die in Iraq this year, but this is the first one I knew personally. His grandmother is a longtime acquaintance of mine, an OB nurse where I work, and I can only imagine what she must be feeling.
I've never had any particular use for his mother, who I'll just say lacks a certain maturity; but NOBODY deserves this..........and I'm so angry about all this that I don't know what to do:angryfire
As everyone who's been around this site for any length of time knows, I've been against this war from the time the Bush administration started talking about it. Now, what was once merely one cause of my disgust with and general contempt for this administration has been brought home in all its ugliness: someone I knew, who spent a great deal of time in my home, who loved my daughter, who once came to me along with Melanie to talk about sex, is DEAD because of faulty intelligence, lies, and God knows what else. He was only 21 years old, but now he's the latest statistic, in a series of 2000+ American men and women who have died in this misbegotten war. I can't believe it. I can't believe it.
And I want to know WHY? Why is it that men---especially men like Bush and Cheney, who have never been to war and have never seen the human costs up close---are so at ease with justifying the death of other men? Is it an utter lack of compassion? Is it power? Or is it all just a playground rumble between rival bullies who won't stoop to soiling their own hands, but are more than willing to manipulate the players on the field and sacrifice as many as they have to in order to win?
This whole mess is an exercise in futility, yet we continue to send more young people to their deaths in an effort to 'fix' a country like Iraq. What incredible arrogance it must take to believe we can change a nation that has been at war, and a way of life that has been in place, since Old Testament times.........it was wrong in the first place, it's wrong now, and it'll STILL be wrong 10 years from now when we're still trying to whip a little democracy on Iraq and TEN thousand American lives have been lost needlessly.
In the meantime, I have two sons, one of whom will be draft age in less than a year, and right now I'm thanking God that the American people are beginning to see, at long last, that Bush is taking our country in the wrong direction. Thanks to the series of scandals that have plagued his administration over the past year, he doesn't have the political firepower to set off an M-80 anymore; and if God is good, He'll see to it that things remain this way until Bush finally leaves office. Don't get me wrong; the Democrats don't have anything to offer either......but frankly, I don't care WHO the next president is, as long as he or she gets us the hell out of this senseless slaughter.:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire