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November 23rd, 2006

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04:37 am - Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

Respect soldiers (Doonesbury strip)

I learned of a site courtesy of innerslytherin that I'd like to share with others this Thanksgiving Day.

It's called Let's Say Thanks. It's a program sponsored by Xerox to send free postcards printed with your message to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas, in order to show appreciation to them for their service.

I realize quite a few people on my friends list may not support U.S. military actions overseas, but to me, that's a quarrel with the politicians who issue the orders, not the soldiers whose duty it is to carry said orders out. I'm quite sure that those soldiers would love to be back home in the bosoms of their families, but they swore oaths to serve their country, giving their very lives if so required.

I for one am using this site to send cards to people whose personal sacrifices I respect enormously, thanking them for doing what they consider to be their duty as citizens. I hope others who read this post will choose to do so as well, regardless of personal feelings about the politics of U.S. military policy abroad.
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
Current Music: "Geist des Kriegers" by Subway to Sally

(4 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)


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Date:November 24th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a great day and good luck with that burgeoning novel of yours. :)
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Date:November 24th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes! I didn't do any writing today though -- maybe tomorrow. (I'm sooooooo not going to have this done by the 30th!)

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Date:November 24th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
Yeah ... I'll be joining you in the depths of the dungeon of the anti-inspiration ... *sigh*

It's not about when you get there, or where you get to, or how or why or any of those things, right? It's about getting there ... wherever "there" is ...

*g* I think I need another drink for that to make any sense to me!
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Date:November 24th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Good strip by Mr Trudeau. He's always been able to, with some grace and humor, get multiple viewpoints to an issue with his varied and iconic characters. I've loved B.D. ever since his experiences in 'Nam with Phred the Terrorist. ( "Schlitz?" "Beer! We're saved!")

On the whole war and the muilitary issue, Wallace Black Elk put it very much in persective during a debate over Gulf War I (sad that we're numbering them now... )

"It is not sacred to pray for war.
It is very sacred to pray for the warriors."

Hear ya, ate. Right to the point, eh? Wakan aloh. indeed.

Mitaquye Oyasin

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