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Thursday, December 3, 2009

War! Good God! What is it Good For?


I was off on another mad adventure. Here I am in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I was returning from Birmingham. I had no idea Birmingham was that urban. The University Hospital block is amazing. I felt smarter just walking past all of those enormous research buildings. As always, some vets hanging outside of the VA made my day by wolf howling at me. If you are ever feeling down and a little unattractive, go to a VA hospital, the men love the ladies there. You will feel a boost to your confidence after leaving.

Any way. As I have said, I am a veteran of the first gulf War. I actually worked on tanks setting the crosshairs ensuring they hit their target. We were traveling on a day when Alabama had a big football game and the traffic was crazy. I never saw so many dedicated fans in my life. There was maroon and cream everywhere. The vehicles were overwhelmingly red and white with the flags just a-waving. I enjoyed their enthusiasm. I was pumped too.

If you notice below, I am standing with a cup in my hand at the McDonald's President Ronald Reagan ate at when he visited Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A photo of him and a bust representation is in the window behind me. Cool huh? I have dined with a president.

The other picture (above right) is a list of fallen war heroes. The idea that my name could have been engraved on a stone slab somewhere commemorating me as a fallen soldier never seems to stop sending chills up and down my spine. I sweated in the hot Saudai desert in the early spring with temperatures reaching 117 degrees listening to bombs exploding nightly 45 miles across a border, ready to serve my country.

It never ceases to amaze me how pro war people are usually not enlisted in any branch of the armed forces. When someone states openly to you in the future the need for war, ask them for me: "So where have you enlisted at?"

There will always be wars and thank goodness we have wonderful men and women willing to volunteer to defend our freedoms, but no one should be rooting with zeal and salavating with baited breath for war.

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