March 01, 2004


An excellent post from Hardtack and Havoc on his impending return home from deployment. My favorite bit:

The United States is at war. We can see that out here, it is as plain as the nose on your face, I am afraid I won't see that reflected back home. In fact, I know I won't. It wasn't there when I left so why should I expect it to be there when I get back. Never-the-less, the nation is at war. We are fighting the enemy in foreign places like Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, the Horn of Africa and many others so we won't be fighting them in places like Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, New York, etc. The concept is simple: Take the war to the enemy. Does the American public care? More pertantly, DOES IT UNDERSTAND. The unfortunate side effect of taking the war to the enemy is that the war becomes very impersonal to the American people and unfortunately for us all, the American people have a very very short attention span.

Read the whole entry...

Posted by Sarah at March 1, 2004 11:32 AM

While we (primarily America, but also its allies like Britain and Australia) are at war, we are not on a war footing. The war is not part of everyone's life the way WWI and WWII were.

And that's good. It's good that most civilians can go about their lives as if things were normal. But it's not good if they don't realise the sacrifice that's being made to allow them to live normal lives.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 2, 2004 02:00 AM