May 29, 2006

Memorial Day - 2006

On this day when we take the time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in preserving our liberty, we realize how small one person's thanks are.

And then we see the number of people remembering, and the depth and breadth of that gratitude becomes staggering.

We also pause today to thank those currently in service to our nation, at risk of making that sacrifice - in all branches and capacities.

You who read these lines in peace, and we who write them in safety behind capacious desks in clean, well-lighted offices, can do so only because, in a thousand places at a thousand times, grimy, terrified, unsure young soldiers and sailors in the fullness of life were willing to give theirs. If asked what Memorial Day is about, I'd say that's what it's about.
~ Paul Greenberg

Posted by Vox at May 29, 2006 09:32 AM | TrackBack | military

love him or hate him, gary trudeau reminds us of those who have fallen in operation iraqi freedom since april 23, 2005. this is part one.

Posted by: sofa king at May 29, 2006 09:16 PM

Considering the distinct lack of respect Trudeau demonstrates for the military the other 364 days of the year, presenting this political statement under the pretext of a memorial just leaves a very, VERY bitter taste.

We should remember each and every one of the men & women who have died, but Trudeau is not the man to do this. He is just exploiting their deaths and their memory. He is a pig.

Posted by: Vox at May 30, 2006 08:19 AM

i don't think trudeau demonstrates a lack of respect for the military as much as he doesn't respect the person living in 1600 pennsylvania ave. believe it or not, but this is a belief felt by well over a majority of americans.

according to this article:

A recent AP-Ipsos poll put Bush's approval rating at 33 percent. Other polls have put him even lower. Bush the elder sunk to 29 percent in a Gallup poll in early August 1992 soon after Democrats nominated Bill Clinton.

but this is about trudeau. many people share your thoughts on his tribute to the fallen soldiers. some consider it tasteless, while some consider it to be an honor. some even find it both.

its easy to blow him off and call him a "pig," but it takes a hard heart to not read these names and realize that these mother, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters have died in a war that had nothing to do with sept. 11, 2001 and was considered "mission: accomplished" on may 2, 2003.

Posted by: sofa king at May 30, 2006 10:29 PM

Just because it is easy to call Trudeau a pig doesn't mean he isn't one - just that he is a very obvious one.

Yes, he has a lack of respect for Bush, as well as a lack of respect for the military. He cannot hammer on the establishment all year, then expect me to buy his 'memorial tribute' - particularly when I know that he is going to go right back to insulting them tomorrow.

Polls are absurd on so many levels, and I tend to not believe them - especially considering the source. You can get any result you want in a poll, depending on the sample you choose and the phrasing of the questions. However, regardless of your feeling for the President, that does not give you the right to run down the men and women in the armed forces - and does not make it any less offensive when you then exploit their deaths for your own agenda.

I am well aware of the number of soldiers (and others) who have lost their lives in this conflict and others - that was the point of my original post. I never said that Iraq had anything to do with 9/11, and anyone who believes that we went there based on a connection has been drinking too much of the media kool-aid. Are you saying, however, that it would be more acceptable to you that these soldiers died if we were there because of 9/11? ('cause that is how the sentence read)

During Desert Storm, the mantra was that we were there because of the oil, a claim that has been floated in the last few years about this conflict but it just won't stick. So they have gone with "we are there because of 9/11" - which has never been claimed by anyone other than the media (quite notably Trudeau). Somehow if anyone mentions 9/11, and the threat it exposed, the media spins it as just being a talking point - rather than a legitimate historic event that has (and should) alter our perception of and action in the world.

I go back to my original post to say it is a horrible thing that so many soldiers have lost their lives in service to this country, and it is fortunate that there have been men and women who were willing to make that sacrifice.

Posted by: Vox at May 31, 2006 12:56 PM