First, let me establish my credentials as a card-carrying bleeding-heart liberal. I strongly support the environmental and pro-choice movements, see no reason why my gay friends shouldn't marry, and think Bush is a plague visited upon us by the political gods as a penance for Monica. I surf this forum often, and benefit greatly from the discussions on both sides. Up until now I've been quiet, but something has happened to make me speak out and elicit opinions from my colleagues.
My son has just received his Air Force commission, graduated from college and is at his first active duty station. He signed up for Air Force ROTC in the aftermath of 9/11 and has never regretted his decision. He strongly supports his country.
A few days ago, he came out of a fast-food restaurant where he'd grabbed a quick lunch. He was wearing his uniform and prepared to go back to work when a well-dressed woman stopped him with the following comment:
"Kill any children today?"
My son was stunned, and before he could respond she had moved on. He was very upset that this happened to him. Whatever people's feelings about Iraq and our place in other countries, he hadn't expected to encounter such a cruel and prejudicial attitude toward those in uniform who are trying to defend our country. Frankly, neither did I. I thought that such cruel and vicious feelings toward the military had disappeared in the post-Vietnam era. And this was no homeless person or radical extremist, but a professional-looking person. Is there really such a common and prominent anti-military feeling among intelligent, educated people? Please share you thoughts on this. Thank you! Nursemouse.