[PRINT this page] [E-MAIL a friend] [send us feedback] [home]
Bring Them Home -- Now!

excerpts from a column by Cindy Sheehan. July 11, 2005

This is an immoral war that our troops never should have been sent to in the first place, and once they are there and have done their time, it is very difficult for them to get out of the distant mental desert and come home to their loved ones.

Some recruiters are still promising young people that they won't have to go to Iraq if they sign up. I am being told that all the time by young people who talk to the multi-level marketers working towards their bonuses -- oops, I mean military recruiters.

Not only are the back-end policies of retention shady, but the front-end policies of recruiting our vulnerable youth are often downright unethical. Few citizens in our country realize that an enlistment contract is only binding on the recruit. Once the recruit raises his/her right hand and swears allegiance to the government, that recruit becomes the property of Uncle Sam and is bound by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Ethics, promises, and moral correctness often fly out the window as servitude, hardship, and heartache fly in.

As long as our young people are being lied to and used so dishonorably in an unjust invasion and occupation of another country; as long as they are fighting for a corrupt government and still without the proper equipment, food, training, or leadership; as long as moms are having to hold bake sales to buy their sons body armor; as long as our soldiers are being held against their wills long after they have done their duty; as long as they are being sent to kill innocent people; military service should be opposed.

Let's affirm life in the fullest for everybody: the unfortunate, uncounted people living Iraq who are "acceptable" collateral damage to the war hawks, and our own indispensable loved ones. The only way to support our troops is to bring them home from this mess -- now.

You have been reading excerpts from "Stories From the Front" by Cindy Sheehan. You can read the entire piece here: buzzflash.com/contributors/05/07/con05230.html. Thanks to buzzflash.com. We visit often and we hope you will too.

Powered by Blogger