Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year, America

Happy New Year, America.

For my New Year's resolution, I ask that you watch this five-minute video. Send the link to your friends and loved ones. Send it to your Representatives in Congress and your Senators. Send it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Help its message travel around the world.

Watch this video, and think about the 3,000 troops who have died in Iraq. Think about their friends and loved ones, who no longer have a brother, sister, father, mother or friends to hold.

Watch it, and be thankful that you have someone to hold.

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Happy New Year to our leaders. May they have the wisdom and strength to do what's right and good -- not with empty slogans but with deeds, not for their egos but for their countrymen and women.

It's a lot to ask. More than we've received in recent years.

Happy New Year to our troops. The war will not end in 2007, but perhaps this will be the year when we can seriously begin planning your return home, so that you may once again hold close your loved ones. Be safe.

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Too often, asking for peace is chastised as weak or naive, something to stereotype as the fancy of hallucinatory hippies dancing in some San Francisco park. It's easier to laugh at the peace groups, or look the other way. It's harder to consider peace a viable option when war is afoot.

But a large majority of Americans want to see a change, quickly, in the path the U.S. has taken in the Middle East. Overwhelmingly, the American people do not believe their government represents their will.

They want peace. They don't want weakness. They don't want appeasement. They don't want to "cut and run" or embolden the terrorists, or some other empty catch-phrase uttered by conservative radio ranters. They just want a solution in the Middle East that doesn't require another 3,000 dead U.S. soldiers.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Mz Pip said...

Wonderful!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous postulater said...

Thanks

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was beautiful and I plan on sending it to my representatives. Thanks!

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Dr.S said...

What a great idea! I just sent all my local and state representatives an e-mail with this link. Here's how -- go to http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

You can search your representatives by zip code. They all have "send a message" links. Happy New Year to all!

1:00 PM  
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1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you all realize that this global war isnt going to end until islamic nutjobs step into the 21st century, start acting like civilized human beings and stop killing in the name of their violent religion, then and only then will it be a happy new year.

8:14 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Anonymous above will never have a happy new year, unfortunately.
Conservatives like anonymous offer no realistic solutions. They offer little hope of any chance for peace.

All they offer is the notion that everyone must live in constant fear of a nebulous enemy that makes up a tiny percentage of an entire Muslim population.
Americans, they believe, should bleat like sheep in favor of misguided neocon, oil-enriched, blood-soaked fantasies to "stop these IslamoNazis."
How sad.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

TWOT, all they have is anger. Misplaced anger at that.

They should be furious at Bush for letting Osama Bin Laden run free, for allowing Al Qaeda to remain a threat, after Bush stood on the rubble of the World Trade Center and said he would bring those responsible to justice.

They should be furious that Bush has instead taken the country to war on false pretenses, followed by lie upon lie to justify his failed foreign policy. Iran has become stronger, Hamas and Hezbollah have become more bold, and 3,000 troops are dead.

But they can't be mad at Bush because their cult leaders -- Levin, Limbaugh and Hannity -- have told them not to be. So they lash out at faceless Muslims -- some who are indeed evil, many who are not -- and they create fictional "liberals" to laugh at.

That 70% of the U.S. has turned against Bush is meaningless. That 85-90% of Americans disagree with various Bush plans for Iraq is meaningless.

All that matters is that they have someone to yell at. Tilting at windmills.

12:13 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Well put.
Now if only the conservatives would respond. Is Rob right in his assessment?
Unfortunately, instead of providing any depth into the conservative way of thinking or substantiation behind their postions, all we get from most conservatives on this blog are generally right-wing and conservative talk radio sound bites about Bush, Iraq, Muslims, against Liberals, etc.
So I challenge you to respond anonymous, Trinity, Snoop, Cromwell, Gen. Patton, etc.

1:02 PM  

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