Bring our troops home


Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 9:36 p.m.

I just got a note from a woman apologizing for delay in a business deal because her son was wounded in Iraq. He's home now, safe if not sound. If I believed in God, I would ask He grant that they all come home this year, with as little trauma as possible.

More than 30 years after my war, I still feel bullets slamming into me, shrapnel tearing flesh, men dying in my arms and the irreversible horror of killing people. That men and women have to live with that to protect the fortunes of the rich is unforgivable.

America's hearts and minds seem to have ossified on this subject. You're either with Bush and his herd or you're the enemy. It's not sane. A man who went AWOL from his unit in time of war is now in charge of the largest fighting force in the world. Only one of his advisors has ever had to place his life between his loved ones and war's desolation, and he's obviously in disfavor. And Bush is going to be re-elected because he "won" a war that he lied us into.

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