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Does anyone speak of war?

By Remy Benoit

Those who have family members abroad in war zones speak of, live with fear for their welfare while at war. They wonder too, who will the person coming home to them be?

But at how many supper tables across the country
will anyone speak of war?

War on terror, endless war, and yet we do not speak of war or its truths, or even of it being ongoing each day as we sit down to supper, or breakfast, or in front of the television.

There are no death lists listed as in the world wars; there are no Five O'Clock Follies as in Viet Nam. There is no talk of the cold, of the barren geography, of drones, or much of anything else.

There is no talk of the news of the soldiers, of the citizenry, just of what some mega-buck celeb, corporate head, or politico is babbling about.

Have we forgotten who we are, The People, not the few, not the money, not the outsourced businesses
and bank accounts.

If the mass media cannot relate to our reality, perhaps we should turn them off until they do?


Saturday morning I sat in a Mustang convertible as the VFW representative in our local Strawberry Festival parade. Sitting with me was my friend Phil who is Commander of our American Legion post. Our little NW island community has been described as Mayberry meets Burning Man, with just a smattering of Martha's Vineyard. It is also known as left leaning/progressive and anti-war. I looked, I searched, I asked, but did not see or hear a single person protesting our current gruesome multi-war global activities along our parade route. Where has the peace movement which grew out of the mayhem of the 60's gone? Are we so wrapped up in our personal financial misery that we have forgotten that the shredded body parts of American and 'allied/coalition' troops as well as those of our 'enemies' and countless civilians are still being splattered onto the hot sands of countries that most Americans can't even locate on a map? Shame.

Posted by: Christopher Gaynor, at 2012-07-22 19:56:25

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