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  •  Hopelessness (4.00)
    That is what I feel when reading this diary.  I feel sorry that so many very young men and women, full of optimism, are forced to make so many agonizing life-and-death decisions.  That is such a high burden for anyone.  I think it all brings home that war is something to be avoided if at all possible.  It's not some glorious event that happens to other people, it affects us all, eventually.

    Secrecy is the illness, information is the cure.

    by Unstable Isotope on Thu Dec 29, 2005 at 06:03:29 PM PST

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    •  What I felt (4.00)
      Was a responsibility to find the meaning behind this man's suffering.

      I cannot suffer for him, cannot educate him on his own Hell.

      But I can let him know that his suffering meant something, if not strategically or morally, at least personally.

      Some people find that satisfaction in a yellow ribbon car magnet.

      They're not the real McCoy, I can assure you.

      Some thank you's are delivered in person, after listening to the war stories.

      You can't contain CSKendrick, you can only hope to stop him. :)

      by cskendrick on Thu Dec 29, 2005 at 06:07:42 PM PST

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      •  I thought this was an amazing (4.00)
        Christmas story.

        I mean, this guy is not a fellow-traveler politically necessarily; he might not be your friend ever.  But you dug into your heart and found deep feeling for him and for his experience, and you gave him the simple dignity of acknowledging that he had to do hard work that sucked, and that you knew how hard it was for him.  It may have taken a shocking form-- saying "thank you" for, essentially, running over an innocent child-- but you said it from a place of compassion.  And doing such a thing is giving someone a blessing, a star to guide him or her.  That moment was my favorite part of your diary.  

        •  Your words honor me (4.00)
          And honor perhaps the one greatest thing about our country, when we remember ourselves: Our generosity of spirit.

          That phrase is waved about like a party slogan by our friends on the other side of no-man's land, but the words mean something that is bigger than either party.

          We do not have to forget, or even forgive, to be compassionate. Sometimes it is enough to acknowledge. Sometimes that is all that we have.

          You can't contain CSKendrick, you can only hope to stop him. :)

          by cskendrick on Thu Dec 29, 2005 at 07:37:26 PM PST

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        •  that was my favorite part of the diary too (none)
          the very definition of a severe mercy.

          Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH

          by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 09:50:05 AM PST

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