Let me go back for a moment.
On Veterans Day, on CNN, this smiley face came up with one of these sentences that seem to make sense as long as we don't stop to think too hard. It was along the lines of No matter where you stand on the Iraq War debate, you appreciate the sacrifice these soldiers are making to protect our freedom abroad.
And it's so easy to simply move on with our lives; to tell ourselves we oppose the war but support what the troops are doing for us, without ever asking what it is they are doing for us in Iraq. And who is this Us, anyway?
So allow me to make one side of this debate a bit clearer: No matter where we stand on the Iraq War debate, we all appreciate the fact that a lot of people are risking their lives for what they initially thought would help protect their country. And no matter where we stand, we all wish they come back home with no physical or mental scars. But as sad as it may be to admit this fact, we have to face reality: The soldiers in Iraq are not protecting freedom in the US, they're not making my life better and they're not making your lives better. And as long as they stay in Iraq, they sacrifice their lives in vain.
And the least we can do as we continue our struggle to end the madness is to keep them in our thoughts when they return and fight for their welfare here, so fewer of them will have to suffer over there.
Read Jon Town's story. As if it's not enough that their President and Congress betrayed them, the soldiers are now being betrayed by the military.
And let's put an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
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