It's very difficult to ignore the 800-lb. gorilla in your living room, especially if you put it there yourself. So I'm venturing, very gently, into those rough waters I entered a post ago with asking why not come home now, from Iraq. Most especially to Cyndylou, who took alot of intelligent time and trouble to explain her point (Cyndy are you reading this? Someone tell Cyndy to drop over here, I want her to see this, it's important, her words are important).
In these pages I express my views, I never expect full or even partial agreement on anything. If so many of the people I care for and respect in this place are in favor of continued fighting, it propels me to think and re-think, to gather facts and stats, to educate myself more fully about the subject I'm addressing. This one's war. It's not worth losing friends over. Note 8/8/07: A very dear friend pointed out the incredible faux pas I made here. Indeed, war does cause people to lose alot more than friends.
Cyndy, I would never say something for "sound bite" effect, as you intimate. I truly meant what I expressed, just as I know you did. Though I'm not sure who you thought I was, you now feel I'm not that person. I assure you, the same person I was yesterday is tapping this out now.
For me, when something like this happens, it's time to examine my views and be sure, very sure of them as it seems to raise many hackles, and though I welcome differening expressions and views I definitely have a high distaste for the separation of people based solely on their political or ethical points of view. I don't want you to state your peace then turn away. You have something I can learn from, ALL OF YOU, as I learn from everyone who does me the honor of gracing these pages with their comments.
Give me more facts. Give me something more than "we have to finish what they started". To me, from where I see it this war doesn't have a direction or goal, a purpose, a long-view, nothing. So I ask that you help me understand why wemust stay in Iraq. Then I'll drop it.