"Bring Our Sons and Husbands Home from Iraq"
Across the United States, Military Families Speak Out (MFSO.org) is organizing regional activities to demand that their sons and husbands be returned from Iraq. Here are some of the words of one young wife who spoke:
I am wife to a soldier serving in Iraq since March
of this year. But for an injury, I might well be serving with my husband in
Iraq. And, I would be proud to do so were I in the least convinced that our
presence there is justified and our cause meritorious. I am not... It is not...
Ignorance, arrogance, and mendacity by our administration in the White House and Pentagon have been a lethal combination for 273-and counting-members of our military serving in Iraq, and hundreds more wounded, as well as thousands of Iraqis.
There is no question but that we were misled by our elected and appointed leaders, including our Commander-in-Chief, our Secretary of Defense and his staff, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If we were misled intentionally- it is unforgivable; if we were misled unintentionally, then our leadership is, at best, incompetent to the task upon which they embarked the young men and women of our military. Either is inexcusable. It is not the "American Way" in which I strongly believe.
Arrogance has isolated us from most of our traditional allies-the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and of the United Nation. Now, in our hour of need, these nations justifiably decline to join us in the reconstruction of the nation that we have destroyed, unless and until they are given a meaningful voice in decision making-a voice denied them in our rush to war, based on the false premises of the existence of weapons of mass destruction, development of nuclear weapons, and a connection with the Al Qaeda terrorist organization.
In this instance, it is clearly a truism that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Our ignorance of the religions and cultures of Islam has been at no time more evident than now. Our system of democracy can no more be imposed on a culture and on a people to whom it is completely foreign, than a totalitarian form of government could be imposed by force on us. Those in Washington to whom we entrusted the lives of our young men and women of the armed services should have known and considered this before they placed our nation's finest young men and women in harm's way. It is unconscionable that they did not know- even more unconscionable if they did know.
Make no mistake, I support my husband and the rank and file of the military who have had no or little voice in the decisions for which many have already made the ultimate sacrifice.
I will not...I can not... in conscience support our invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq and the continuing occupation based on the false information with which we were provided and by which most of us were initially beguiled. I understand that we can not now abandon the good people of Iraq to yet another totalitarian despot, which is the inevitable consequence of a simple retreat of our armed forces from Iraq. We are clearly in for the long haul and must make the best of a bad situation that was not of the making of the brave men and women in uniform. Let us pray for more enlightened guidance than that which led us into the situation which we today protest.
We must be mindful of the words of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg which I here paraphrase: that we highly resolve that these 273 of our loved ones shall not have died in vain. We must also embrace the words of General Douglas MacArthur who said, "The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."
Our men and women who wear the military uniform are not warmongers. They do
not seek battle or the death and destruction it brings. They are in Iraq simply
because it is their job to serve. It is their job to go where our elected officials
send them. They do this selflessly, knowing that there is always a chance that
they will not come home. Our loved ones knew this when they took the oath to
serve and defend our nation. They did so willingly and without reservation.
Therefore, it is not proper nor is it acceptable for them to speak out against
the war and
against their presence in Iraq. It is not their job to question the validity
of intelligence that brought us to war; it is not their job to challenge the
reasoning for their continued occupation in Iraq.
THAT IS OUR JOB- We as voting citizens; we as the constituents of our elected officials; we as the wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons of those who sacrifice in Iraq every day. It is our job to raise our voices in opposition to our soldiers' continued presence in Iraq. It is time to take a stand. It is our duty...our obligation...our purpose today to protest a cause that has been weighed in the balance and found wanting.
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