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  •  I don't think war ever really ends (5+ / 0-)
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    porchdog1961, BOHICA, ybruti, Margd, Mnemosyne

    for starters, it never accomplishes anything.  If war truly solved problems, we wouldn't have so many wars.

    The tools and goals of war are just far too profitable to every really end.  The 1% make a living off of killing.  War makes the 99% easier to control through lies and fear.  

    And for thouse who fought the wars, we all know it never ends for them.   My dad went to Viet Nam but he never really came back.  Through you I read about the horrors he saw on the flight deck.  The men screaming for their moms as they were hauled off to the safety of the carriers.  

    I finally had to let him go after 30 odd years of reaching out to him.  I survived his abuse but could not allow him to verbally abuse my children.  I had to end the chain.  I saw him again at my mom's funeral.  I tried to reunite with him.  Showed him the photos of my children protesting.  You and I outside of Wyden's office.  Our live here in Oregon.  He even moved nearby, but eventually the war takes him back.  He never really came back and I don't think he ever will.  

    I don't know if it's the memories, the PTSD, the hearing loss  he suffered, the horrible back and neck problems which have resulted in numerous botched surgeries, the even more numerous drugs that he takes to kill the war in his soul.  

    It makes me a bit perturbed when people say, "you march for me, I'm right there with you in spirit."  No.  I only march for myself and children.  But I've found that no matter where I go or am doing that I tend to be gravitated to Veterans for Peace, or I run into a veteran.  I think that is because although my father again ran away, I march for him as well.  

    Last night we went to see Mannheim Steamroller as Wayne won tickets at work this week.  It was odd not protesting outside the Schnitzer for once.  I was attending not infiltrating.  During one of the songs, they played a film behind the orhcestra. It was of a bride and soldier.  Running through the woods, laughing and starting their life together.  Her wedding gift to him was a pair of drumsticks.  She's in bed having a baby, he's off at war, trying to light a cigarette with shaking hands.  Explosions.  A baby.  Then a wagon bringing home only a drum.  Later the young son is given the drum as a christmas gift. ... big cheers...

    This nation not only glorifies war, it romanticizes it.  Each generation gets to go to war.  What did you learn in school today?  Seeger song.  

    Our kids are learning that this country would rather have them killed in a war or beaten and pepper sprayed by the riot"cops" than teach them a proper education, than feed them nutritious food, shelter them in warm, affordable housing where they can grow up with their dreams intact.  In a land where their parents can work and earn a sustainable income and be able to afford things like braces, good clothing and save for the future.

    I had a man come through my line at work a few months back and he was angry.  I asked him what was wrong and he said, "I come back from Iraq to find my kid's school was closed down."  

    Our country is sick.  Sick from the disease called war.  War doesn't just scar the soldiers, it changes our children as well.  It steals from them.  But our children are the lucky ones.  The children of Iraq and Afghanistan... they should haunt us all forever.  "What did you do once you knew?"

    This war is not over.  Like all wars, it should never have began.  

    (((BOHICA))))

    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

    by Damnit Janet on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:06:29 AM PST

    •  That war changed the lives of many friends. (2+ / 0-)
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      Damnit Janet, BOHICA

      Some because they served, and some for the dues they paid to not serve.
      You're right--it's not over.

      ...and dropping a bar bell he points to the sky, saying "The sun's not yellow-it's CHICKEN!"

      by porchdog1961 on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:21:47 AM PST

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      •  As we came home last night (3+ / 0-)
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        the church where we met and gave our support to Lt. Ehren Watada was all lit up with christmas lights.

        My son pointed to it and said, 'that's where Watada lives."

        "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

        by Damnit Janet on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:28:27 AM PST

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