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  •  A Salute to Mr. Dark Syde (17+ / 0-)

    You have written the best diary I have ever read.  I had to read it twice and then sent it to everyone on my email list.  Please accept my gratitude for putting into words what I feel in my heart.  I weep for my country when I think of what we have come to.  How did we get ourselves into this?  More importantly how can we get ourselves out?  

    I am currently working in the earthquake zones in Pakistan.  I just finished a tour of the old city, almost completely destroyed.  It is still filled with rubble 8 months later.  Everyone I met thanked me profusely for the assistance we have provided, several people told me they or their relatives had been saved by a US MASH unit that was sent here.  They thanked me for my assistance and my commitment to working here.  Friends, we remain "the last best hope of mankind".  People still look to us for leadership and for succor in times of their worst distress.  We CAN make our country and our world a better place.  If not us, who?  If not now, when?

    On this, the American Memorial day, let us recommit ourselves to the ideals and dreams that made our nation great.  Not perfect, certainly, but great in our hearts and the hearts of the world.

    I am not Muslim, but I pass on to you what I hear everyday from the people I work with: "May Allah bless you, your family and your country."

    •  It breaks my heart to think (2+ / 0-)
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      ZAPatty, Black Max

      what a difference our resources could make in places suffering from natural disaster or the depredations of warlords. Instead we used them to add to the suffering of Iraqis.

      Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet flap, O'er the land of the fools who buy George Bush's crap?

      by Cowalker on Sun May 28, 2006 at 08:00:36 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, it is staggering to me (5+ / 0-)
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        DarkSyde, Fabian, bluewolverine, dus7, jlb1972

        how far a little money can go here.  For example, I am clearing out all the rubble in the old city of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, something like 16 million cubic feet, for $1.5 million.  For reference, 16 million cubic feet will cover a football field over 400 feet deep.  For $1.5 million.  We have spent that in Iraq in the time it took me to read these posts.  It is worse than embarrasing.  That MASH hospital bought us more goodwill than 1,000 "listening trips" by Karen Hughes.

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