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  •  Mother of Fallen Soldier in Iraq, Arrested, Jailed (4.00)
    This week's coming headlines, Cindy.  Whoa, you weren't kidding about going to Crawford, and I'm proud to see MFSO, VFP, IVAW going with you!  Who knows what will happen when you get to Crawford ranch, but the timing might be right for a different outcome than we saw with Max Cleland and Sue Niederer.  BTW, folks, Cindy knows Sue and well knows most every military family who has spoken out on the war in Iraq this past 2 + years. She is in the company of supportive friends.

    I am member military family of Military Families Speak Out, Pacific Northwest chapter
    and unfortunately not as able to do the travelling to participate in the more national events of our mutual organizations.  I do my speaking out publicly more in our Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon.  Cindy  calls me her coastal state friend.

    This week another military family in AZ had reason to travel to Texas to visit their Marine friend who suffered severe burns in IED explosion in Iraq and was taken to burn unit in Texas.  She phoned me after returning home and dissolved into tears of despair having seen the burn unit victims and the young soldiers minus legs and arms.  She said it is indescribeable, and every American ought to see first hand what is happening to our soldiers.  She said they would all march to Crawford, Texas to demand an end to war and to bring our young home now.

    She describes a proud young Marine, completely covered in gauze and the indignity of lying exposed with only a towel to cover his privates.  She describes 'the babies without limbs' and I was confused for a moment, thinking she saw youngsters, which she clarified as 19-20 yr olds, limbless now as their adult lives are just beginning.  She said she wanted to take a trip to Crawford and drag the President to see first hand what she just saw at the burn unit in Texas. She could say no more, only cry the tears of heart-wrenching horror.

    All who can, please Go to Crawford with Cindy and the GSFP, MFSO, VFP,IRAW, Code Pink, and Crawford House delegation and give real support for our soldiers and their families.  I hope this steps up a notch the action steps our movements are taking in their long vigilant efforts to end this craziness BUT they cannot do it alone, folks.  We need the American public in step right along with us all in our efforts.  

    Speak for military families, speak for the troops because sometimes the emotional toll is so great the families are left without words to express what is unexpressable.  And it ain't yellow magnets that will do the job, and it ain't divided camps of pro or anti war in Iraq, and it ain't media who pits military family against military family in their little segments of 'balanced' news reports.  I know from my own experiences and those of our other military family members experiences, that the average citizens do care....deeply.  It matters, believe me.

    Cindy, and delegation, if you are arrested and jailed, I'll make sure to find a way to travel to Texas!

    Lietta Ruger, member family of MFSO (www.mfso.org)
     with 2 loved ones, Iraq veterans facing 2nd deployments to Iraq under Stop Loss.

    Courage isn't the absence of fear, rather that there is something greater than the fear.

    by dyingwarriors on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 08:58:18 AM PDT

    •  thank you (none)
      for a brilliant & excellent post and the link to MFSO - I intend to get myself to the Sept 24 demonstration, either in DC, San Fran, or LA, whatever it takes (I am in the NW)....I pray to god people are waking up in this country - everyone needs to hear the depth of the harm being done
      •  TY Bluebird, Sept 24 should shape up to be huge (none)
          and every supporter is most appreciated.  Please know that each supporter in their singularity is magnified by at least 100 who share in supportive concern.  Media may try to exclude coverage, but across the real mainstream, the sentiment is turning; we can 'feel' it strongly from the live audiences reactions and sincere expressions of thanks.  

          Recently, the Downing Street Minutes town hall meetings across the cities nationally were unexpectedly filled beyond capacity and folks had to be turned away.  Ours in Seattle was a turn away event; and the two military families who presented there along with Congressman McDermott gave reports of astonishment at the amazing support for their message.

          Wearied military families need just now to feel the support as they alone carry the disproportionate weight of this war. You make that difference, truly.  It's not even the differing viewpoints any more; it's the real and human concern, caring and reaching out. Thank you Bluebird, for your post, and for your efforts.  

         

        my blog Dying to Preserve the Lies "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Ghandi

        by dyingwarriors on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 10:47:48 AM PDT

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    •  Media (none)
      Aren't there ANY media who could cover these burn and wound units? (Bill Moyers' NOW comes to mind.)  Or are people banned from there?

      Any way family members visiting the wounded could take pictures and bring them out, give interviews?

      Think what a huge impact those Abu Gahrab pictures made on the American consciousness.  I'm sure if we could get these stories out, they would have a similar effect.

      Godspeed.

      •  Mauimom, photos would help, but (none)
          there is a lot of military protocol around military hospitals, some legitimate in respect to the families and the patients.  Some is this administrations policy not to let the American public see the true devastation of war.  Remember, most of this administration was around at Vietnam and they well remember the impact of photos seen on nightly news.  They learned well the lessons and seem determined that the public not see such things again (my opinion). A political strategy that can't hold indefinitely....

          But honestly, I don't see how the American public can NOT remember the images of war, Vietnam wasn't that long back. It falls to us who do remember Vietnam to fill in the gaps of what media won't cover in these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

         

        my blog Dying to Preserve the Lies "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Ghandi

        by dyingwarriors on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 07:52:04 PM PDT

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    •  Let me tell you what happened to my son (4.00)
      A Marine. 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, Weapons Company.  part of the group known as the First Marine Expeditionary Force.

      He left for boot camp on 9/11/2001 (I am NOT making that up).  He served three long tours in Iraq: Baghdad (beginning of war), Fallujah, and Ramadi.  He received a Purple Heart on his first tour for an RPG that exploded next to him and left a fair amount of shrapnel in his legs, arms, and hands.  His second tour was during the time that Fallujah was being being bombed in to the Stone Age to route out the "insurgents".  His last tour, which just ended a month ago was in the Ramadi/Sunni Triangle area.  He picked up his second Purple Heart when a roadside bomb exploded next to the Humvee in which he served as the gunner (exposed out of the top, in back) and left him with more shrapnel in his arms and face.  This time the hearing in his right ear was partially destroyed.

      At least he made it home alive.

      He told me the hardest thing he had to deal with was his friend being killed right next to him and having to wear the uniform with his friend's brains on it for several days because "wash day was not until Friday".

      He has been home for four weeks.  Last weekend he and a buddy from his platoon were arrested off base after they "beat the shit out of more than 20 people" at a bar.  He doesn't remember why and he is scared.  So are we.

      This war has killed not only our sons and daughters, but the sons and daughters of Iraq, Britain, and many others.  The wounded, maimed, and psychologically scarred are the "dirty little secret" that few have paid attention to.  It is a very large number.

      There is no word to describe the feelings I have for George W. Bush and the millions of his supporters on whose hands is this blood.

      Cindy, I am glad you are going to Crawford.  While I cannot make it, I can offer this: I live in Oklahoma City, I have a van with room for seven adults, I can front a couple of hundred bucks for bail, and I can come pick people up if they need rides by Sunday.

      Good luck with your demonstration.  I will be watching.

      "It's been headed this way since the World began, when a vicious creature made the jump from Monkey to Man."--Elvis Costello

      by BigOkie on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 05:26:44 PM PDT

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      •  I'm so sorry (none)
        to hear about your son's psychological difficulties, and yes, if the soldiers over there survive physically intact, they are likely to return psychologically damaged.  My sister, who teaches in the MSW program at a university, told me that the professional organization to which she belongs has issued urgent alerts to its members, warning that the fallout from this war is expected to rival that of Vietnam.  They expect social workers to be employed for a very long time, dealing with the physical and psychological aftermath of this war, as well as its effects on family members.

        "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." - my dad

        by blueinnc on Fri Aug 05, 2005 at 07:58:08 AM PDT

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