If I have something to say on this day to a military member or family that lost one of its own serving this country, I do it privately. After all, it is a very limited number of people.
And therein lies the most overt American obscenity.
From this 2010 interview with Ted Koppel on the grotesquely uneven distribution of the burden of war:
By and large, 90 to 95 percent of the American public, probably more than that if you look at the real numbers, are paying absolutely nothing for this war. We are not paying anything additionally in money. We are not paying anything in terms of personal sacrifice.
We should not have one soldier serving five tours of duty; we should have five soldiers serving one tour. Because if the average American had a real stake in this country's military action, there would be a hell of a lot less of it. The hawks wouldn't be so quick to bray on if it actually meant something to their minions. I can only imagine the enthusiasm draining from the fist-pumpers if their calls to action involved their own children--or even their pocketbooks. (You better believe I support a hefty war tax payable by every American save for veterans, active military members and their families).
Lastly, there is nothing "happy" about Memorial Day, and the simple fact that a tiny sliver of our population bears the burden of loss of life and limb courtesy of our wars ought to give every American pause.
Yes, indeed. They are yours and mine and there is blood on all of our hands regardless of support.
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