Friday, August 05, 2005

Supporting the troops

Via Atrios:

I spent last weekend at a Silver Springs, Md., hotel near Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There, on Sunday morning, I helped a young wife wheel her legless husband into the elevator, then the dining room. He dandled a pretty 2-year-old on what remained of his lap. Another tiny beauty clutched the wheelchair, trying to help.

As we entered the dining room, we saw 10 or 12 cheery young men and women about to be seated. When the amputee rolled into view, he waved to the group. Only one of the group waved back. Another gave the vet a thumbs-up gesture. Strangely, all the others looked away or fumbled with napkins, newspapers and chairs.

Eavesdropping on them during the meal, I think that I discovered why so many of them seemed ill at ease. They were members of a conservative college student group, and the subject of their breakfast meeting was how to improve their campus recruitment activities.

8 Comments:

At 05 August, 2005 12:24, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is exactly what to expect from these pussies good progressives would go up to that man and either apologize for the facist war or make sure he isnt a baby killer first

 
At 05 August, 2005 15:52, Blogger MJS said...

Of course our limbless veterans should have the good taste to stay home and not upset the Children of the Light. How can you enjoy a plate of slaughtered lamb with a garish reminder of the Struggle Against Terror Extremism War staring back at you? It's downright creepy.

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At 05 August, 2005 17:38, Anonymous Ken said...

no they should keep coming out into public and we can put t-shirts on them that say you yellow motherfuckers blew my legs off with your illegal war

 
At 05 August, 2005 18:04, Blogger MJS said...

They collected the crippled, the wounded, the maimed
And they shipped us back home to Australia
The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla
And as our ship pulled in to Circular Key
And I looked at the place where my legs used to be
I thanked christ there was no one there waiting for me
To grieve and to mourn and to pity

And the band played waltzing matilda
As they carried us down the gangway
But nobody cheered, they just stood there and stared
And turned all their faces away


From "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda"
John Mcdermott

Complete lyrics here.

I sang this song at a UU Church in the early 1980's and it has stuck with me ever since. Sometimes the emotions harbored in this folksy lament climb their way out and bring me to grief itself.

Stop the war. Stop the chickenhawks.

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At 05 August, 2005 22:40, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tshirts is a great idea

"your vote blew off my legs, next time stay the fuck home"

 
At 06 August, 2005 22:55, Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome

 
At 08 August, 2005 20:42, Blogger disabledvet said...

There is already several groups - Veterans against the Iraq war,http://www.vaiw.org/vet/index.php etc.. Kerry took a lot of heat for his efforts during Veitnam. Unfortunately the only thing that wound that war down was for the people to make it political suicide for any of the politicians to do anything else. They seem quite willing to sacrifice pawns for oil and profits indefinetly. Lets get someone elected who will put these SOB's on trial for their crimes!

 
At 09 August, 2005 13:21, Anonymous Anonymous said...

an election isnt going to fucking make a difference there was an election last year and the republicans stole it even though the alternative was a war criminal and there was an election in ohio that went the same way

 

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