Monday, January 22, 2007

Spanky's Coming Home!!!

Daily I check Iraq Coalition Casualties Count Website

On days when the links take me to NAME NOT RELEASED YET - Al Anbar Province. It'll say something about a unit other than Grant's.

On days when there HAVE been casualties in his own unit, he's been able to call or e-mail pretty quickly to assure us of his safety. (if simply surviving can be called "safe".)

So almost every day I'm face with the mixed emotions of worry, relief and then...guilt.

Of the hundreds of thousands of other parents out there, the untold thousands of husbands, wives, children, friends and relatives who go through this same thing each day, those who are connected to 2.36 soldiers, sailors and airmen don't get the relief I got yesterday.

They get "the visit". The families of the wounded get "the call". Many thousands more, connected to the lives of names we can barely pronounce, much less hold in our hearts, the children of the lands we've invaded, don't even get that much.

There is a great deal of guilt in the relief.

May they all come home, indeed. May we cherish our children, our partners, our friends and our parents so much that we'll NEVER, EVER find reason to send them off to kill someone else's children, partners, friends and families for a handful of lies, for the bolstering of a tyrant's ego, for the glory of some imagined vengeful god, for the profit of warmongers, for the hubris of politicians. (but I repeat myself)

May any god whose name has been used to justify violence and the murder of innocents bring its wrath down on those arrogant enough to claim to know god's mind!

May all Mother's fears be lifted, may a global peace someday reflect in the softness of a child's sleeping face, a father's gentle touch.


(from Hajji)


DEN said...

Funny how you can go so long listening to the news about the Iraq war, then something comes along that strikes a certain nerve inside you.

Hajji's essay was on of those.

From his heart to my pages.

Thanks Hajji, and I wish all the best for your sons return.

Saladin said...

Hajji, that is EXCELLENT news!
DEN, would you send me an email? My desktop is down, again, and I want to send you something.


David B. Benson said... ate my comment. Retype it later.

DEN said...

The dog ate my homework?

Carey said...

Oh Hajji,

There's our "State of the Union" speech. Right there.

Your heart speaks profoundly and reaches all of ours.

The horrid nightmare suffered all for the sake of a couple of power-hungry, overly greedy "people". It reads like a novel about the cruel days of old, except with modern, devastating weapons.

That "vengeful" God surely will have something to say when those responsible for this massive suffering reach his domain. It won't be about be vengeance, it will be about penance.

I'm emailing your post, Hajji, to friends and family.

Carey said...

Christmas Has Finally Come to Hajji's Household!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Spanky, Hajji, Jill and everyone!


Scant Evidence Found of Iran-Iraq Arms Link

U.S. Warnings of Advanced Weaponry Crossing the Border, Critics Say.

In his speech this month outlining the new U.S. strategy in Iraq, President Bush promised to "seek out and destroy" Iranian networks that he said were providing "advanced weaponry and training to our enemies." He is expected to strike a similar note in tonight's State of the Union speech.

For all the aggressive rhetoric, however, the Bush administration has provided scant evidence to support these claims. Nor have reporters traveling with U.S. troops seen extensive signs of Iranian involvement. During a recent sweep through a stronghold of Sunni insurgents here, a single Iranian machine gun turned up among dozens of arms caches U.S. troops uncovered. British officials have similarly accused Iran of meddling in Iraqi affairs, but say they have not found Iranian-made weapons in areas they patrol.

The lack of publicly disclosed evidence has led to questions about whether the administration is overstating its case....

Such surprising news, isn't this? This is spread across the front page of the LA Times and, though, not featured as such on the website, it is in the "most viewed articles" category.

I don't know about you, but I'm doing homework tonight with my son. No State of the Union in this house thank-you.

Carey said...

I don't get the I.D. pictures in the corner of the posts. I can hardly see them. I'm gathering yours is a mouse, Den? I can't make it out.

Alan said...

Great news Hajji! Like Carey, I too am sending your post to my friends. It won't be the first time either. All of us enjoy your way of words and feel it must be shared. Give Spanky a salute for me!

DEN said...

Carey, click on the mousie.

David B. Benson said...

Jeanne --- The UN sponsored IPCC is soon going to release their latest concensus report. They will state it is 'very likely', more than 90% certain, that global warming is caused by human activities. They will narrow the uncertainty in the amount of global warming, with 5--6 F being the most likely.

That might seem much, but 3/4 of the globe is ocean. So this implies quite noticable effects on land, especially far from large bodies of water...

The Hadley Centre has already issued predictions for various regions: the monsoons will rain back into the ocean instead of South Asia; lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea will become more arid; the American Midwest will also dry up, etc.

Making changes sooner rather than later seems to be a good idea!

Jeanne said...

Great news. The Iraq war is a personal war for you. For me it is a fear for those I know who are dealing with it like you. It is the damage my country is doing to another country. It is the reputation being damaged by a bunch of cloven hooved pin heads who have given themselves the tag "neocon". It is a method of gaining profit for companies like Halliburton. It's a game. It's a mess, a disaster, chaos, a tragedy. Let it be over.

Jeanne said...

Our "war" should be a war on global warming. But for boys who have always like the game "risk" global warming isn't violent enough...from a distance that is. The Bush administration doesn't like getting their own hands dirty. They avoid war on a personal basis whenever they can.

We need to elect leaders who see the necessity of change. Who don't fear progress. If we don't we won't survive as a planet.

David B. Benson said...

Jeanne --- Global warming will certainly be violent. There is ample history and prehistory to illustrate that drought leads to open warfare. Global warming will be much riskier than the game of Risk...

Hajji said...

Thanx folks but let me reiterate...


Please don't let down your "Positive Energy Beams" for one second!

If I knew how, I'd post a real pic of Spanky here, but maybe, if someone who can e-mails me

I'll just let THEM...

I've already learned enough this week.

btw, Grant's e-mail today casually mentioned he'd been awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

He didn't list the citation, but the Wikipedia sez...

The Commendation Medal is a mid-level United States military award which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. For actions where such performance was in direct contact with an enemy force, the Valor device ("V" device) may be authorized as an attachment to the decoration.

At this point, I'll wait till he's home before I find out what the citation said.


David B. Benson said...

Hajji --- Do try to give up the guilt in your relief. I certainly think you ought to feel relief and renewed anxiety for the future. But guilt? No, you have done nothing, felt nothing, to feel guilty about.

Maybe for rememberance of some youthful indisgression. But not for feeling relief...

Hajji said...


"...Maybe for rememberance of some youthful indisgression..."

How the hell did you hear about THAT?!! I thought those pictures were destroyed!

I always KNEW that vindictive so-and-so would come gunnin' for me!

All over one lousy night...a magical night...she was a magical creature, even if somewhat hirstute...

"Embrace sweet embraceable EWE...!

sigh...that song...OUR song......

David B. Benson said...

Hajji --- Aha! Guilty, are you? Ah, I just said maybe...

But just before I wrote that post, I had occasion to recall reading

R. Dale Guthrie
The Nature of Paleolithic Art
University of Chicago Press, 2005

Now just why do you think those young people crawled so far back in the caves to paint their pictures? What do young people do, anyway?

Didn't take much guessing... ;-)