Okay. So Cindy Sheehan is a saint. She lost her son to a "lie" and we all know about her grief. She's using her right of free speech, and that's all fine and dandy. But this
is just too much.
You want anti-war protests? You want to claim this war is another Vietnam -- fine. You have your opinion, I have mine. But. get. it. away. from. Walter. Reed.
A military hospital, where veterans are recouping is not
the place for it. These men and women need time to recover, readjust, be with friends and family -- in private. That
is why they aren't on the news. That
is why their stories aren't being written, not because they are being "hidden." Their stay at Walter Reed should not
be spent staring out the windows to mock caskets and protestors.
And get this, from a protestor at Walter Reed:But Luke and the other anti-war protesters dismissed the message of the counter demonstrators. "We know most of the George Bush supporters have never spent a day in uniform, have never been closer to a battlefield than seeing it through the television screen," Luke said.
Okay, Luke, where's your
uniform? Like most of the Bush supporters I
know, I wore a uniform, did my duty. And, had things worked out differently, I would still be in
that uniform. I served during peacetime, to be sure, but I knew what I was signing up for when I scrawled on the dotted line. What my friends, my fellow sailors, Marines, soldiers, and airmen are seeing over there is no less than brutal. There are some that I haven't seen since I left service and might never see again. But they're doing a job that needs to be done. A job that I would gladly do again, if given the opportunity. Am I sad that men and women are losing their lives? Yes, I am. I tear up when I stop and think about it seriously. But there are nasty things that must be done in this world, and I thank God that they are there to do them.
In the end, it's hard to say that there is glory to be won in battle; it is too brutal, too messy, to chaotic to be viewed as a thing of beauty. But there is most certainly honor to be found.