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It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety’s sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way. – Mark Twain’s War Prayer
In the Leaf Chronicle today was an un-attributed editorial, for which any organization that prides it’s self on having the highest journalistic standards should be ashamed for publishing. Their editorial paints those who disagree with the policies of politicians with the taint of not supporting the troops, of disloyalty. Indeed they proclaim that America would do well to heed the words of the commander of the 101st airborne division:
I could not disagree more.
Our soldiers are true patriots. They are not like those faux patriots in the corporate media, and Washington DC. You know the people who proclaim their patriotism at every opportunity while showing themselves to be anything but. Our troops are honorable people, and understand more than most Americans the true cost of our freedoms, and the need to defend the right of everyone to make use of them. General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower probably voiced their point of view the best when he said:
But that is exactly what General Schloesser hinted at with his words that those who voice their opposition to the war in Iraq, the policies of politicians, and the way this county has been run since September 11, 2001, are against the troops and thus disloyal to our nation.
He chose the wording with clear intent when he stated “Won’t be stopped” and not “shouldn’t be stopped”.
We can look back in time to read the playbook that is being used to target open dissent in this nation.
Here is a list of 20 things which make me oppose this administration and the wars it has started:
To paraphrase George Orwell, it’s only in times of universal deceit like these, that telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
Our soldiers should be opposing this criminal administration. Isn’t it their duty after all? Does the oath every soldier swore not state, “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
Indeed prominent members of the military leadership have come out opposing this administration, it’s policies, and the war in Iraq. Retired Generals such as Wesley Clark, Major Gen. John Batiste, Major Gen. Paul Eaton, Lt. Gen. William Odom, Gen. Anthony Zinni, Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold, Gen. Eric Shinseki, Lt. Gen. Robert Gard, Brig. Gen. John Johns, and those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head. All of whom retired after distinguished careers.
Lets not forget the stories we have covered here on Clarksville Online, including Spc. Donald Hudson’s poignant “A soldier in Iraq asks in despair: Why are we here?“, our coverage of a CNN story about a Clarksville, TN resident Spc Jefferson, and Army Lt. Col. Paul Yingling’s devastating assessment for the Armed Forces Journal entitled, “A failure in generalship.”
Even the military does not speaks with one voice on this subject, and that is not a bad thing. As President John F. Kennedy said:
You can best support our troops by pushing to have them brought home to be with their families, by ensuring that no soldier’s blood is ever again spilled for a lie, that no soldier ever dies in vain.
I could keep going but lets end this with a quote from a Journalist on this matter. It’s from Edward R. Murrow, a true example of what the Leaf Chronicle should be aspiring to become. He said:
I just hope the Leaf Chronicle, and the corporate media, learns that lesson in time.
Mark Twain’s War Prayer Part 1
Mark Twain’s War Prayer Part 2
Bill Larson is the Creator and former Publisher of Clarksville Online. He is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave.
You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.
Topics101st Airborne Division, General Jeffery Schloesser, Journalism, Leaf Chronicle, Press, US Army, War Prayer
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