Subject: About That War.... Last night, on some CBS special with Dan Rather, we got to see

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From: Donna. Subject: About That War.... Last night, on some CBS special with Dan Rather, we got to see some Allied soldiers, prisoners in Iraq, denounce the actions of the U.S. "on the peaceful people of Iraq". Even if we hadn't seen the bruises, cuts, scratches, and probable cigarette burns on their faces, it wouldn't have been difficult to figure out that these men had been tortured so Hussein could use them for propaganda. And then our people used the clips for propaganda, as well, for the purpose of emotionally charging the American public against Iraq. The only difference between the two is that our side was honest about why they were showing these film clips. My first reaction was to turn in my chair, and look upon the man who -- fortunately, praise whichever Creative Force surrounds us -- has a high probability of never being one of those men showing up on my television screen. My second reaction was to wonder about the families of those men, wondering what it must be like to see a husband, a son, a brother, maybe even a father, or a friend, on that screen. These two thoughts alone brought me to tears. And then I remembered being a little too young to understand what was happening in Vietnam, not understanding the conflict going on within our own shores about being there. I remembered how a lot of us took our anger at our government's decision out on the men and women who went to 'Nam. I remember thinking, who cares whether they were right or whether they were wrong, the important thing is that these people went there for *us*. And when they came home, we spat on them and called them baby-killers. Now, I'm old enough to somewhat understand the conflict about our being in the Middle East, but I still haven't made up my own mind about this conflict. About the only thing I can decide is that, regardless of our personal feelings about our government's decision to be there, I sincerely hope we do not take it out on those men and women who come home to us. For once again, whether it is right or whether it is wrong no longer matters; what matters now is that they're there, and they're dying, and they're being captured -- for us. You know, I was raped in a secluded area, across the country from where I now live, almost a lifetime ago. It's completely up to me whether or not anyone ever knows that it happened. But those men on my TV screen last night, they were raped by two entire countries (one government, one media), displayed on international television, for the entire world to view their rape. They don't have a choice over who knows what has happened to them. Their families have no choice. And when they come home, they will forever have to live with that. It is my sincere hope that the public of the Allied nations, when our soldiers do come home to us, don't rape them again.


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