reply to post by ModernAcademia
The military, as in all aspects of life, has some good people and some bad people. Unfortunately, when the bad, irresponsible ones run around with
heavy ordnance, its a very bad thing for innocent people.
Not all soldiers are heartless, not all politicians are corrupt, and not all suicide bombers are "grieving." Sometimes people do things unprovoked,
and it makes no sense.
No, sheep wont make up for any significant loss, but its the principal of the gesture. If someone does harm to me or my family, they better apologize,
unless they have a death wish. Bearing gifts isnt a bad idea either. Revenge however is always a bad idea. just like the saying goes,
"Before you go seeking revenge, first dig two graves."
And ModAcad, I know you probably wont believe me when I say this, but not every person in Iraq and Afghan agree with your feelings on the war. My
friend Pajmon is from Tikrit. He fled Iraq many years ago because his father was MURDERED by one of Saddam's henchmen. His mother was raped in front
of him after seeing her husbands throat slashed. She hung herself shortly after. He is a stronger man than I for dealing with those memories. He
always tells me that the US is doing a great thing for the Iraqi people by finally restoring order and law, driving out the extremist militant groups
that have plagued the area for so long. He was from Saddams hometown, yet whenever he sees a military man in uniform, he walks up to him and shakes
his hand, thanking him.
My friend Araksh is from Afghan. He also is glad that US forces are there. He said most people in Afghan feel the same, but most are afraid to openly
support the US, or to assist the US, because the Taliban will hear about it and come slaughter their families at night.
He tells me that Afghan people are MUCH BETTER off now than they were before, and that he only wishes we would have moved in to Afghan sooner. For
many years the Taliban forbid music, laughter, television, outside news sources, especially women from wearing anything that made them feel
Now they can finally do all these things without fear. Women wear fashionable clothing now. Music is heard in most homes that can afford devices.
THEY EVEN HAVE AN AFGHAN VERSION OF AMERICAN IDOL
. I heard a WOMAN almost won.
None of these things would have been possible without death and sacrifice from both sides.
You may think that this is a senseless war, with dubious motives and methods. Im sure there are people in those countries that feel the same. But, its
hard to understand where people are coming from until you not only visit those counties, but live there, under their conditions, and attempt to raise
a family, live a good life.
Yes, we have taken lives. Unfortunately, sometimes innocent ones.
But as a whole, we have given them their lives back.
Some of them will tell you they dont want us to leave, fearing that the Taliban will creep back in with their draconian ways.
Im not sure where you're from OP, but please consider these things. I respectfully disagree with many of your posts, but I appreciate you sharing
these topics with us.