I’ve never flown the American flag on Memorial Day. I’m certainly not going to start now, because George Bush’s misguided policies have turned this day of remembrance upside down.
I used to be proud that American men and women died so we could preserve our freedoms. Now I’m not proud that our freedoms are being taken away so, supposedly, we won’t die.
That’s not the American way. That’s the cowardly way. The Bush administration wants us to forget “Live free or die” and adopt its neo-conservative creed of “Live unfree or you may die.”
I remember when conservatives were the staunchest defenders of the Constitution. I’ve got a long memory. Those days are long gone.
Now American citizens can be detained indefinitely without charges being filed against them. Now American phones can be wiretapped without a court order. Now the American president can decide on his own which laws he wants to comply with.
Bush likes to say that we’re fighting the terrorists there so we won’t have to fight them here. Well, since Al Qaeda wants to take away our freedoms, they don’t have to fight us anywhere to do that. George Bush is doing it for them.
And now an apparent cover-up of unprovoked murders by American Marines barely raises anyone’s eyebrow. Ho-hum. Another day, another military atrocity. We’re in a war. Collateral damage is to be expected.
Do you know what “collateral damage” means? The death of innocent people. Think about it. Death. Non-existence. The ending of what may well be a person’s one and only opportunity to experience life on this planet. Gone. For little reason.
American wars used to have good reasons behind them. The Vietnam War was an exception, though the Domino Theory was a heck of a lot more believable than the Weapons of Mass Destruction Theory.
It’s taken me a long time to admit this to myself, but I’ll say it: I don’t support the troops in Iraq. How is it possible to support the troops who are fighting an unsupportable war? Especially when what is known about American atrocities is almost certainly just the tip of an atrocity iceberg.
I’ll proudly fly an American flag, right side up, the day the last American soldier leaves Iraq. That’s when this country will truly honor the troops--with an admission that they have been fighting a dishonorable war.