Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Seven O’Clock News.

Throughout my life the music of Paul Simon, with and without Art Garfunkel, has spoken deeply to me. In 1966 Simon and Garfunkel released an album called “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” on which the final cut was the duo singing “Silent Night” as a newscast slowly rose in volume in the background.

It was powerful.

The last, loudest, section of the newscast dealt with the Vietnam War. The parallels to today are staggering, and the last sentence especially could be taken directly from a Dick Cheney speech:

In Washington, the atmosphere was tense today as a special sub-committee of the House Committee on Un-American activities continued its probe into anti Viet Nam war protests. Demonstrators were forcibly evicted from the hearings when they began chanting anti-war slogans. Former Vice-President Richard Nixon says that unless there is a substantial increase in the present war effort in Viet Nam the U.S. should look forward to five more years of war. In a speech before the Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in New York, Nixon also said opposition to the war in this country is the greatest single weapon working against the U.S. That’s the 7 o’clock edition of the news, Goodnight

It is saddening how little we as a country have learned over the last 40 years.

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I truly believe that as long as there are bullies in the world the U. S. needs to be there. I don’t think you are patriots. If you were patriots you’d be condemning the bullies of the world. Why don’t you go there and protest. The U. S. is simply trying to help those that can’t help themselves. It isn’t pity I feel for people like you . . . . it is more like shame.People like you cause wars to last longer than they should. Most of the men that died in Vietnam and in Iraq should be on your hearts.

Bullies? Bullies?! Good grief. What are you, 12?

If we’re going to talk about “bullies”, lets talk about one country that invades another under false pretenses, then proceeds to destroy that country’s total infrastructure, and then kills over 100,000 of them, and drive nearly three million of them into exile.

For what? Those “Weapons of Mass Destruction” which were the imminent cause of the invasion, but never existed? Hussein’s ties to Al Qaeda, which also never existed? Maybe it was to ‘free’ the Iraqi people, which is why they are so happy to have us there now, and why their parliment voted to request we get the heck out. I’m sure their reveling in their ‘freedom’, now that they are being killed by the scores daily, and can’t afford to buy themselves food.

The only ones who should feel shame are those who take advantage of soldiers for their own vanity, asking them to die so that they can be the ‘decider’.

The ‘decider’ should feel shame – he and those who enable his crimes by voting for and supporting him.

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