posted on Nov, 11 2011 @ 05:58 AM
I have no doubt that this topic will draw the ire of some people. I fully understand and respect that point of view, but I see things a bit more
While I too oppose war and wish people did not choose to take part in them or feel that they were necessary (just being honest,) and while I would and
could never take part in one myself, I still have gratitude and respect for soldiers. I will explain why.
For the same reason I am grateful for and respect police officers despite some of them exercising abuses of power, I do not loathe or hold enmity for
soldiers just because of a policy or a conflict I disagree with being executed by them. I may not personally agree with how their spirit of sacrifice
manifests specifically, I do honor and hold gratitude and respect for that spirit itself, for their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of their
So to you who serve I say: thank-you for your service and your sacrifices, and for those of your families. I honor the spirit of sacrifice which calls
you to duty, even if I don't personally agree with the way it works or the results necessarily.
I hope that's a fair and reasonable way of opposing war while also thanking and respecting vets. (Though I’m still sure someone somewhere will take
issue nonetheless. All I can do is be honest.)