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My Opa and Oma lived through WWII. Opa spent most of the war in a slave labour camp. He talked about standing outside when the Allies flew bombing runs, cheering them along with the other prisoners. They tried to get the bombers' attention, because they were making the pipes that were being used to pipe oil to the Eastern front. Important target, y'see. Please bomb here. That, and the other option was the bomb shelter, where the SS was hiding.

Opa made his way home after the Allies got to his camp. Allied soldiers clothed him, fed him, and got him the bike that made getting home easier. Being shaved and rail thin marked him as a camp survivor on sight, and they helped him any way they could.

I Remember. For his sake, and for mine. I honour the dead, and pull my family closer to me. I honour the living who serve my country, and cry in helpless rage at the outrage of how they are being betrayed by the government that is supposed to be taking care of them.

They serve us. They have sworn to give their lives if need be for us, and we have forgotten the other side of that pledge. Not to give those lives needlessly.
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Mikah, I already know how you feel about this post. But this is something that I feel needs to be shared.

Have Kleenex ready.

"And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" has always been a song that has made me cry. This was a beautiful tribute, not just to those who have fallen in Iraq, but to all who have fallen in combat. At least, that was how I saw it.

I support our troops. I just think that we're sending them to die pointlessly in Iraq. Their lives are dear. They have sworn to give those lives for us, and for our country. In return, we have an obligation to keep this the kind of country that they would want to give their lives for.

Yes, people die in combat. Yes, the men and women of the military knew the risks when they signed up. This doesn't give their chain of command the right to waste their lives over our President's need to be the biggest, baddest country on the block.

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January 2013

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