Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Long Embrace

I'm sorry I wasn't able to write about this earlier when it would have been more appropriate. It is a rare thing for me when the words just won't come, but this Veteran's Day was one of those times. For some reason it just hit a little too close to home this year.

I often get the impression the anti-war crowd somehow envision military folks as being mindlessly gung-ho. They seem to think we go around in some hyperadrenalized state, all pumped-up about killing: that we're oblivious to the human cost of what we're doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. We live with that cost every day. It is not possible for us to forget.

I often fear our modern society has become blind to the costs of the way we live: of our security, our freedoms, our affluence. We think of these things as our birthright; many of us no longer realizing they were bought and paid for with the blood of men whose deeds now shine brightly only in the dusty pages of history books that lie, mostly forgotten, in dark corners while we salivate over the latest episode of American Idol or Survivor. Those are our heroes, nowadays. And we stand by and allow men who have never paid the awful price of war to abuse and shame them, using freedoms paid for in their blood. I do not suggest that they should be prevented from speaking. That would be a betrayal of the ideals we all believe in. But I often wonder why we are so slow to defend those who have so long and so bravely defended our rights?

How is it that we keep forgetting the lessons of history? This naivete is nothing new. For generations, short-sighted men have longed, against all evidence, for an end to war:

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of hostilities in "the war to end all wars." That was a lofty prediction but one that history would soon prove to be wishful thinking. The Great War became known as World War I when World War II followed just a generation later. Our military death toll multiplied fourfold, with more than 400,000 giving their lives in World War II. In 1954, Armistice Day became Veterans' Day, honoring American veterans of all wars.

America tried the isolationist path in the early 20th Century. Wearied by the crushing losses of our own bloody War Between The States, we wanted no more of fighting, especially on foreign shores. But in the nuclear age, isolationism is a path no longer open to us. We cannot seal ourselves off against all dangers foreign and domestic. The invading army or fleet, visible from afar, is a thing of the past. War can now come to us in a jumbo jet, a suitcase bomb, a vial, or strapped to the chest of a misguided teenager dreaming of glory in the afterlife. And yet there are those who would have us hide our heads in the sands and hope danger doesn't find us: hope against hope that men so threatened by harmless schoolgirls that they think nothing of sawing their heads off will somehow show clemancy to the most powerful nation in the world. A nation they have sworn to bring to its knees.

Where does this foolish hope come from? It is certainly not supported by history. Mike Rosen comments:

As a free and tolerant nation we accommodate pacifists and respect their right to oppose war on religious grounds, granting them exemption from combat service. But we don't honor them, nor should we. As George Orwell once noted, "To abjure violence is a luxury which a delicate few enjoy only because others stand ready to do violence in their behalf." So U.S. Marines died on Iwo Jima so that pacifists could sing Kumbaya in safety. Warriors are essential; pacifists are a luxury.

A couple of weeks ago, much was made by anti-war activists and their media sympathizers of the 2,000th American military death in Iraq over the last two and a half years. Our losses on Iwo Jima were 22,000 wounded and 6,821 killed in action in just five weeks. Every one of those deaths was a personal tragedy and a national loss. But the first was no more or less honorable or significant than the last - or the 2,000th.

About 3,000 Americans were slaughtered on Sept. 11, 2001, in a matter of hours. Many more Americans - military and civilian - will likely be killed over who knows how many more years in this latest world war being waged against civilized society and modernity by Islamofascist terrorists. How should we be influenced by the body count? At what number should we raise the white flag and surrender - and to whom? And what would be the terms of that surrender?

Jordan did nothing to inflame al Qaeda, yet Jordan was attacked. That, if nothing else, should show reasonable people the nature of the enemy we are fighting. Al Qaeda are not interested in compromise. They will be satisfied with nothing less than complete and utter surrender to their demands. And they do not even have the courage to attack uniformed soldiers in this war. They send children to kill women, children, old men. Wedding guests. These are people who want to wipe Israel off the map - a nation created by the anti-war folks' revered United Nations. A nation whose ancestors were brutalized by Adolph Hitler: a man almost as evil as George Bush. It is passing strange how quickly respect for the will of the 'international community' vanishes when the need arises for action.

As General Douglas MacArthur so clearly stated, it is not the soldier who longs for war. But alone of all of us these days, he stands ready when the call comes:

This does not mean that you are warmongers. On the contrary, the soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: 'Only the dead have seen the end of war.'

Although Veteran's Day has passed, it is always appropriate to acknowledge the debt we owe those men and women, past and present, who have stood ready to defend this great nation. And as we do, it is also appropriate that we be mindful of the cost, both for those who go to war, and those who remain behind to pick up the pieces:

In the past 12 months, he has seen inside the caskets, learned each Marine's name and nickname, touched the toys they grew up with and read the letters they wrote home. He has held grieving mothers in long embraces, absorbing their muffled cries into the dark blue shoulder of his uniform.

Sometimes he's gone home to his own family and found himself crying in the dark.

When he first donned the Marine uniform, Beck had never heard the term "casualty assistance calls officer." He certainly never expected to serve as one.

As it turned out, it would become the most important mission of his life.

Each door is different. But once they're open, Beck said, some of the scenes inside are inevitably the same.

"The curtains pull away. They come to the door. And they know. They always know," he said.

"You can almost see the blood run out of their body and their heart hit the floor. It's not the blood as much as their soul. Something sinks. I've never seen that except when someone dies. And I've seen a lot of death.

"They're falling - either literally or figuratively - and you have to catch them.

"In this business, I can't save his life. All I can do is catch the family while they're falling."


If you get a moment in your travels this year, please stop, and thank a veteran. We owe them so very much. And never, never forget what we owe. h/t CW4Bill

For John, in memoriam.

9 Comments:

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Hummer said...

Very nicely stated.

You could make a war vehicle's radiator leak.

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Well the words still didn't really come out right, but sometimes all you can do is try. Thanks.

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Beautiful, Cass.
Thanks.

 
At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Program on the emergence of civilization.

"14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
None from the sub-Saharan African continent. "
Favor.
And disfavor.

They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

The roots of racism are not of this earth.

Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.


The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

AIDS in Africa.




Organizational Heirarchy
Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"
2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
3. Evil/disfavored aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

Terrestrial management:

4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
5. Romans - they answer to the egyptians
6. Mafia - the real-world interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.





Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.



Many Muslims are being used like the Germans and Japanese of WWII::being used to hurt others and envoke condemnation upon their people.



They can affect the weather and Hurricane Katrina was accomplished for many reasons and involves many interests, as anything this historical is::
1. Take heat off Sheenhan/Iraq, protecting profitable war machine/private war contracts
2. Gentrification. New Orleans median home price of $84k is among the lowest in major American cities, certainly among desirable cities.






Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying "He has more money than god." There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says "I'm too old and rich for this."

This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.
god is evil because of money.

I don't want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe.


But they have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won't help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help me.

The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, market domination being one clue, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

I offer an example of historical proportions:::


People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".
Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family's problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
Unions serve to empower.
Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.

Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people's belief that Walmart is evil.
Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with a lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.

I believe the coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton and WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.




Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals. Malcontents.
Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they "decided" who they didn't want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren't their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

Royalty is the right way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient's hierarchical organization.
Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.




Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. These seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.


Since Buddism doesn't recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
It was set up this way. Perhaps dyanstic thrones had a say, but maybe not.
Budda was the Asian's Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. "They came up at the same time for a reason."



Simpson's foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. "Last one you ever suspect."
"You'll see lots of nuns where you're going:::hell!!!" St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.


Jews maim the body formed in the image of "god", and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ.
I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
And if it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.

I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack "god's" most favored people will pay for it dearly one day.

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Go straight to hell, pig.
And burn, baby. Burn

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

SOrry.
Please delete me.

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Actually, I'm feeling like maybe I made a bit more sense now, spd. I guess it's all relative.

Thanks :)

 
At 1:33 AM, Blogger camojack said...

WTF?!

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

There's no cowardice in anonymity, and no corollary to Islamofascism. /sarcasm

Take heart, Cass - the comfortable who don't know to whom they owe their comfort get shaken out of their lethargy sooner or later. That's what 9/11 was about - presuming that we could passively deal with Islamofascists, and pretend like there was no longer any price for maintaining freedom.

 

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