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Martin (phear) wrote,
@ 2003-04-14 11:20:00
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    Current mood: numb
    Current music:bob dylan - blowing in the wind

    A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism
    Over the weekend Newsday published an article by Professor Zinn entitled
    "A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism." The following is an excerpt:

    "At some point soon the United States will declare a military victory in
    Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead - the
    American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of which there will be many, many
    more. I will mourn the Iraqi children who may not die, but who will be
    blinded, crippled, disfigured, or traumatized, like the bombed children
    of Afghanistan who, as reported by American visitors, lost their power of
    speech.

    We will get precise figures for the American dead, but not for the
    Iraqis. Recall Colin Powell after the first Gulf War, when he reported
    the "small" number of U.S. dead, and when asked about the Iraqi dead,
    Powell replied: "That is really not a matter I am terribly interested
    in."

    As a patriot, contemplating the dead GI's, should I comfort myself (as,
    understandably, their families do) with the thought: "They died for their
    country?" But I would be lying to myself. Those who die in this war will
    not die for their country. They will die for their government."



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vintagefaerie
2003-04-15 20:12 (link)
*claps*

thanks for sharing.


good music choice as well!

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