A POW/MIA Relative responds to one of my posts
I recently wrote a post, March 17, 2007 – A day I have long awaited!! [Plus Pictures] about a Gathering of Eagles event in D.C. to protect War Memorials from desecration by anti-war protesters. Today I got the following comment fr0m a POW/MIA Relative:
To those who fought for my rights and freedom of speech (and that includes the freedom to protest and act like an “asshole”): Then step back and get the heck out of my way while I EXERCISE that right !! After all that our family has been through over the past 41 years with the POW / MIA issue and the emptiness of having a loved one who never came home from Vietnam, I’ll protest as loudly as I damn well please. Thank you for fighting so that I (and other relatives like me) have the right to protest the government who left our relatives behind when they knew full well that men were still over there after the troops pulled out.
Tell me the truth. Do you really want to see that happen to another generation?? No?? Then (with all due respect for your pride as a Veteran)~ GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY SO THAT ANOTHER GENERATION DOESN’T HAVE TO SUFFER THE AGONY OF LOSS THAT OUR OWN FAMILY HAS HAD TO ENDURE.
A POW / MIA Relative said this on July 9th, 2007 at 3:39 am
I find responding to a comment from a MIA/POW Relative requires a degree of special respect! None of us can begin to understand the sense of loss and lack of closure experienced by the loss of a loved one in war when that loved one has not been returned home unless we too have experienced that same loss. Bearing that in mind, I feel compelled to make a response:
With all due respect to you and your family’s pain, I have also experienced the loss of war. Irregardless of how bad anyone feels about that loss, nothing gives you, me, or anyone else the damn right to desecrate the memorials to those who have given their life. So protest all you want; but, keep the hell away from the sacred memorials to those who also died.
As for your feelings about the government leaving your loved one behind, I am very sorry about that. I completely agree with your feelings. However, if you do some research, you will see that the people who are funding the present antiwar, pullout movement are the same ones who backed the one during Vietnam. They are as guilty of causing those men to be left behind as the Government. They created the political atmosphere that made it impossible to get back in the region.
I know this doesn’t take away your pain! But do you honestly want to see that same pain inflicted on another? A troop withdrawal now “will” be another Vietnam all over again! However, there is a major difference here.
Vietnam did not harbor terrorists. Nor did it try to assassinate one of our presidents. Its president did not offer a man who had declared and conducted a war against our country for over twenty years a safe haven to escape Afghanistan before we went in there after him. Vietnam’s leader did not declare that it intends to conquer the world in a 100 year plan and the US in a twenty year plan because, “we defeated the Russians. If we can defeat America, we can defeat anyone!”
Whether you or I or anyone else likes it or not, these people, these terrorists, are conducting worldwide war under the leadership of bin Laden. Just because they call no country home, doesn’t make them less of an enemy, it makes them more deadly.
They do not negotiate as negotiations are a sign of weakness. Their goal is clear, to reestablish a new Caliphate. Only, this one is to be a world wide one. Anyone who won’t convert will die. Those who convert will always be second class citizens! I think our kids deserve better.
I also think our troops deserve better than to again have us turn tail and run with our tails between our legs!
[edited to fix the blockquote]