This poem was in a letter from a marine in Kuwait dated 9 March 2003. The marines were hearing about the anti-war protests and they were
upset. That' s all the letter talked about. This Marine enclosed a poem he and his buddies wrote. He wants us to get it out, please read and
pass it on...
"Wish You Were Here"
For all the free people that still protest.
You're welcome. We protect you and you are protected by the best.
Your voice is strong and loud,
but who will fight for you? No one standing in your crowd.
We are your fathers, brothers, and sons,
wearing the boots and carrying guns.
We are the ones that leave all we own,
to make sure your future is carved in stone.
We are the ones who fight and die,
We might not be able to save the world, Well, at least we try.
We walked the paths to where we are at
and we want no choice other than that.
so when you rally your group to complain,
take a look in the back of your brain.
In order for that flag you love to fly
wars must be fought and young men must die.
We came here to fight for the ones we hold dear.
If that's not respected, we would rather stay here.
So please stop yelling, put down your signs,
and pray for those behind enemy lines.
When the conflict is over and all is well,
be thankful that we chose to go through hell.
Corporal Joshua Miles and all the boys from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines, Kuwait
Now here is something you can really sink your teeth into --
1. We're going to take Iraq in less time than it took Janet Reno to
take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.
2. It took less time to find evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq than
it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.
3. It took Teddy Kennedy longer to call the police after his Oldsmobile
sunk at Chappaquiddick than it took the 3rd Infantry Division and the
Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard.
4. We're going to take Iraq in less time than it took to count the
votes in Florida in the year 2000!
And some are calling the Iraq effort a failed plan?
CNN takes heat for action, inaction
(USA TODAY) - CNN came under attack Sunday on two fronts. An admission
by CNN's chief news executive that he kept quiet for years about government
atrocities in Iraq -- including those against his own journalists -- raised
questions about whether CNN committed an ethical transgression: trading
silence for access. And a French media watchdog group says CNN is setting a
''dangerous precedent'' by having a team in Iraq traveling with an armed guard.
My biggest gripe with the high profile names making ther speaches was not the content but the timing.
Don't misunderstand what I'm saying I don't agree with their agenda.
I just don't think anyone with an ounce of compassion and a brain
would have said the the things they said once our troops were put in harms way.
I wonder how they would feel if a few thousand people would protest outside their next premiere saying they were lousy actors etc.
I would hope we would still feel so strong about freedom of speech, I know I would but I'd bet they'd complain and cry foul.
It is interesting that you fellows seem so pleased to see the Aristeed(sp?) Dictatorship in Haiti replace another dictatorship. I assume you will send Clinton a letter telling him what a good job he did.
It is also interesting that you think the Hall of Fame dinner was the place for making political statements concerning the War. Or do you really believe those Hollywood types would pass up the opportunity to display their ignorance.
That's just a twist and a play on words and I would hope you are smart enough to know it.
I could make the same case going in the other direction.
Mr Robbins has an international forum blah, blah, blah...
As long as you believe it's ok to be fired for telling someone it's Friday (when it is), to be kicked out of school for thinking that the US won WWII, or have your family ostracized for flying a Disney flag outside your house...
Sure... all are equivalent expressions of one's freedom of speech...
See, that's the mistake you make. True Freedom of speech is the freedom of persecution for making use of that Freedom (otherwise, it's not free by definition... it has a cost...).
Mr. Robbins used his Freedom to express his views. Mr. Petroskey should be free to express his views as well. However, in punishing Mr. Robbins, he was effectively taking away the Freedoms we all hold so dear...
>Why do you call the responses repurcussions?
That's exactly how they define free speech in places like Iraq...
You can say whatever you please... that's your right. The government can then torture, rape, and kill you... that's their 'free' response.
So, the next time you make a statement that the government doesn't like, and they arrest you for it, just remember... your freedom of speech wasn't violated, the police were just exercising their 'free' response...