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Monday, May 26, 2003
It should never be forgotten that Memorial Day isn't just about car races and a healthy helping of falafel and tomato wrapped up in a spinach tortilla. No, it is also about those who sacrificed for our freedom.
Just over two months ago our country -The Land That I Love- faced a great choice. Should we continue to allow Saddam Hussein to attack us at the time of his choosing or should we strike back and free Iraq so that certain groups can have guns that other groups can't? The Brave, Courageous, Honorable and Honest President George W. Bush made the only patriotic choice. He ordered the military to Liberate Iraq. It went splendid and the successful campaign preserved American freedom at least until Bush and friends start to publicly worry enough about Iran or some other country.
So at this time of great victory may I suggest that we all have a "Moment of Remembrance" for the Iraqi civilians who died so that, if you are a citizen of the U.S., you and I could be free. We don't know how many of them died. Maybe it was as many as 10,000, maybe it was however many Iraqi Body Count Project has tallied at whatever point in time you are reading this or maybe it was 4. It doesn't really matter what does matter is that it was likely more than zero and that right now there are mothers in Iraq who are spending Memorial Day Weekend saddened by the loss of their son or daughter, but still proud that their child gave the ultimate sacrifice for people the brave civilain didn't even know and that all that was asked for was a spot to bury the dead.
We should also thank many of the Iraqi soldiers who didn't put up much of a fight but who are nonetheless reportedly being figuratively bitten. ("This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage," after all.)
There will be new sacrifices as our War to Protect American Freedom moves on. For instance, Schools in Oklahoma apparently are already getting the shit end of the stick. While we should mourn whatever losses happen, we should not forget to, as somebody said at some point in time, "keep our eyes on the prize." President Bush appears to know this as the U.S. of A. has already reportedly moved in to militarily help the government of Sudan, which has been said to have "contributed significantly to the U.S.-led war against Al Qaida, including intelligence exchange and the extradition of suspects" along with aiding and abetting slavery.