I am trying hard not to listen to, or read any, news right now since it is all so bleak and there’s not a darn thing I can do to make it better. We’re jammed into a real mess this go round that lands smack at the feet of our government and Wall Street.
In the midst of all of the latest stock market meltdown however, we lost 30 military personnel – 22 of them being elite Seals – in Afghanistan when their helicopter was blown up by a ground missile and that news seems to be getting lost in all the hubbub about the market. I’m someone who is strongly opposed to America’s participation in almost every war (WWII being the exception for me) and Iraq and Afghanistan are no exceptions. What a tremendous waste of resources and efforts and most especially lives. I don’t think anyone in Congress should get to send us to war unless they are sending a son or daughter as part of the deal. I think that one little condition would keep us out of every battle but the most pressing and find us paths to peace much more quickly.
I put my distaste for war aside however, regarding those willing to serve. I have huge respect for all military personnel who step forward to defend us. They stand up for all of us and none more bravely then the Navy Seals. Since they do their courageous work in secret, we will never fully understand what we owe the 22 men that died this weekend on that helicopter. All I have to offer is my thanks and respect. And I want to say to their families — to their wives and children, parents and siblings — thank you so much for your support and love of these brave men. These are heavy sacrifices we are paying for our war involvement and we are a weaker nation for losing them.