posted on Jan, 23 2007 @ 06:48 AM
I steadfastly oppose the war, and all war, but I could never condone denying anyone risking their life for others in the spirit of self-sacrifice and
duty the small degree of comfort or security they requested when they were in harm's way. Hopefully some other company will see this and fill the
need themselves, even if only to score PR recognition. This deeply saddens and disturbs me.
One thing I have wondered for a while now is what impact, if any, would be felt if a large portion of energy spent in opposition to the war were spent
to drum up support for filling these basic needs for soldiers. I have mentioned this before, but several soldiers I spoke to after returning from Iraq
said that in many instances they and their comrades believed the majority of people back home didn't care whether they "lived or died." I feel that
basic support and compassion for the troops should be viewed as a critical part of any opposition to the war, because such opposition is supposedly
born of compassion and humanitarianism (I would like to believe that is why I oppose war, at least.) If so, then I must also be compassionate toward
the troops, right?
This is something I feel more work needs to be done on. Opposition to war for the sake of compassion toward others should be equaled by compassion
toward the soldiers stationed in harm's way as well, in my opinion.