I make no secret of the fact that I’m a pacifist wholly against the war in Iraq. Like Dwight D. Eisenhower, I believe that “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired dignifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” I mourn the significant loss of life and national treasury spilled on that (or any) battlefield.
Still, I celebrate Veterans Day. For me, it’s an opportunity to set aside my personal feelings about war and to honor our nation’s warriors, past and present. Today, I salute America’s approximately 24 million military veterans for their service to our country and give homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And in their honor, I pray for a quick resolution to this current conflict, so that we can bring our troops home, out of harm’s way. Peace: Is there any better tribute to our brave soldiers than this?
By the way, if you’re concerned about the fact that our troops are fighting a war without benefit of basic supplies (you know, like adequate toilet paper, sunscreen, chapstick, or sometimes even cheery letters from home), you can send a care package or card to one or several soldiers through the AnySoldier program or Operation Homefront.