I got an email from Veterans for Peace today. I’m still on their mailing list, but I haven’t paid my dues. I think that they are a good outfit. All of the members are United States Military veterans who spend time working for peace. I liked the graphic at the top of this post and so I’ve included it. I mentioned yesterday that I wrote a letter to the local paper about the need to really support the troops and bring them home. I love it when the apologists for this atrocity say that we in the peace movement are undermining the troops. How many yellow ribbons do you see on cars? How many yellow ribbons do you see on trees? How many folks really are making a real effort to really support the troops? I know that Plainfoolish has a father serving and that she is trying to help the troops. I think that is great. How many of the “supporters” are only paying lip service?
I challenge the supporters of this war to do something tangible for the troops. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. St. James said, “Faith without works is dead.” To those who think we ought to escalate our involvement in Iraq, I challenge you to volunteer for military service yourself. If you’re too old to serve then volunteer in a hospital or a day care. Send money to guardsmen and reservists so that they can pay their bills. Volunteer to serve elsewhere and better yet, if you can legally go to Iraq and help out that would be great. Put your own butt in harm’s way. Walk point with the soldiers and sailors who face death and or dismemberment everyday. To the supporters of stay the course I say, its put up or shut up time. No more empty slogans.
I watched Senator Hagel today respond to our callous Vice President who insinuated that Americans had lost their stomach for war. I love it when a man who managed 9 deferments from military service during Vietnam insinuates that those of us who did serve have lost our stomach.