Randy’s Rants

January 29, 2007

The War In Iraq

Filed under: Uncategorized — randyinman @ 6:40 pm

Sometimes I hear of an American Soldier or Marine getting killed over there, and it’s almost like it don’t connect with my brain. I think to myself, well thats too bad and go on with whatever I am doing.  But I need to remember these are people, not a number to be quoted on CNN.

 My 10 year old son Adam’s cousin Johnny just deployed over there in the Army.  Johnny is related to my son on his mom’s side of the family. The last time I saw him, he was probably about 12 years old.

I am almost shocked to understand this little kid (as I remember him) is over there putting his life on the line.  He recently got married and has his whole life in front of him.

I have 2 teenage stepsons in addition to my 10 year old. I am very concerned with the fact that they will probably end up going,  over there. I think there will be a draft after the next election. The two teens I am really worried about having to go. One plans to join the airforce anyway.

I think that I and and everyone should consider that these are real people over there in the military.  They have hopes, dreams and desires like we do. Every time one dies or is injured for life, families are changed forever.  I will not downplay the next death, I hear about. They are more than just a number.

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2 Comments »

  1. Great and timely post, Randy. Everything we hear in the media tends to be just another story/number/scandal – take your pick – and then we move on. Nothing really registers until it hits close to home. I think it’s a combination of people’s (selfish) comfort in their own cocoon and a self-defense mechanism that just doesn’t allow us to take in all the nastiness in the world. Think too much about human smuggling, poor people on Skid Row, 6-year old cancer patients, child labourers, pedophile victims etc and you’ll go nuts! However, if we don’t take it all in, how are we to make the world a better place? We certainly can’t trust government and corporations (I’d include large charitable org’s in this group) to do it for us…

    Comment by Tipper — January 30, 2007 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  2. We just need to get a grasp on the fact that it’s real people in the news, not just a number to be quoted.

    Comment by randyinman — January 30, 2007 @ 8:19 pm | Reply


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