Stories from the fruits and nuts of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)
posted by Armen at 11:35 AM
Just checked out the link. I totally agree about the part that we should honor those who have served and especially those who have fallen and not let Memorial Day become just another holiday about commercialism. I do not, however, agree with this line: "The best way for us to honor the dead, while still engaged in war, is to continue the fight." The sooner this war ends the less people there will be to honor on future Memorial Days and that's a good thing. In this case the honorable thing for Bush to do would be to end the war and then to apologize to the American people for misleading them into war, to the soldiers and families that have had their lives uprooted by overseas deployment, and to the families of all those who have lost loved ones. Moreover, we should make sure we take good care of veterans and those currently serving and their families as well as the families of those who have fallen. Our country's record on this last count is disgraceful and the media be making everyone aware of this state of affairs instead of repeatedly showing, as "breaking news" no less, whatever dishonest apologetics they had Bush proclaim today.
Out of sheer curiosity Mr./Ms. Anonymous, what would happen in Iraq the day the Americans came home? I have my theory, and it compels me to disagree with your point.
I can't see any good being accomplished by having US troops in Iraq. Presently, there is a near-open civil war going on, a downward spiral of chaotic destruction of the society, and hundreds upon hundreds of civilian deaths per week.Whatever doomsday scenario you have in mind for when the US troops leave will either happen sooner or later depending on when the US troops finally pull out. We can delay the inevitable for a few more years (and a few thousand more dead and permanently disabled US troops) but I don't see how that has anything to do with honoring the dead.Perhaps internationalizing the occupation would make things somewhat better but it seems the biggest impediment to policy change is that any change from the status quo (including bringing in the UN) would require at least a de facto admission of error. It doesn't seem these guys are capable of such a thing. See Rumsfeld (still running the Pentagon).
Good points about how bad the situation is in Iraq. But let's not let one stupid line from the original post make us forget that this post started out as a critique of Memorial Day's increasing commercialization.
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