a man in our society is the expectation that we will suppress our emotions to a large extent. Such was the case tonight when I shook hero’s hand and told him that I enjoyed his stay with us. What I wanted to do was to bear hug him and cry. He looked me in the eye and said he would be back.
He’s leaving very early in the am, thanks to the military timetable. I really can’t express what I’m feeling right now, after all I mostly know him through the eyes of 1. Can you imagine what his mother must feel if I feel this way? Although I won’t speak for SU, I can say that being female does have it’s advantages in showing emotions.
Coming on the heels of Saddam’s execution, it seems even more pointless to send him back to Baghdad to guard the Iraqi “dignitaries”, whomever that may be. It matters not whether you are for the war or against it, the fact is that American soldiers are dying. There are times in history when this is necessary and perhaps this is one of those times. A poster on a blog I lurk made the point that the type of action we are taking today could be preventing another war like WW2, in effect saving tenfold lives. I don’t know, maybe he is correct. I do know that it is very difficult to understand the killing our soldiers and innocent Iraqi’s in the name of God, which is what Islamic radicals are doing.
Sometimes I fall for the blow ’em all away lines, just because I want this war to be over. In reality that course of action will not work. We can’t just eliminate all people in a geographic area simply because we have the technological capability to do so. So, the “war”, such as it is, continues on, with relatively small numbers of casualties. Unless, of course, one of those casualties is a relative of yours.
For now, I’ll have to hold hero to his promise. That he will be back.