Reflecting on Love this Day

I am at work and part of me has such a difficult time with the idea of war. Both my mother and father were Marines in WW2. and I had utmost respect for their service. Neither my brother nor I had any inclination to join a military service.
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Part of me begs that I get into the frey and push against this machine that indeed employs so many Americans from service itself to the making of the war machines. My fear runs like this. If they ever really got a cure for cancer absolutely, what would happen to all the jobs that are involved in ‘fighting cancer’ like we are talking millions of jobs throughout the world. That is my fear side.
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War seems to be a part of our contrast and where we are now in our evolution. I do honor those who are in the military as I do believe they are following their hearts. Many believe that we are at deep risk and they are doing something about this by joining the military. I know that WW2 for me is a perfect example of what seemed to be the ‘only solution’ at the time to resolve a horrible world situation.
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My hope was when I caste my vote for Obama that we would be well on our way out of Iraq and that there would be a ‘plan’ in Afghanistan to provide housing and prosperity as my Afgan friends here in San Francisco say that is what they desire for their families at home. Do you know that since the Russians invaded Afghanistan in December 24, 1979 to this time 2009 there have been over 2 million deaths of the Afgan people? Not to mention all the one legged men and women suffer from all the land mines. A wonderful statement by author from America how many of those are suffering from this atrocity? According to the United Nations, 10 million landmines litter the Afghan countryside, the lingering effects of a prolonged civil war and occupation by Soviet troops and A new report reveals that 750,000 civilian males have been victimized by landmines in Afghanistan this is close to a million people and this does not include the females and children that are bringing this stat close to a million or more. top that with 2 million dead.
The war they never talk about in Afghanistan is the poppy war…heroin. And as we found out in Vietnam, so much money is involved in the drug trade we can’t take out the factor that money, big money can buy off some of the nicest and well meaning people.
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I honor the fallen in our country. If we did not have a strong military in this belief system we may not fair well. On the other hand a part of me feels guilty that I am not out in the streets of America saying, we have hunger and we have a broken infrastructure ie. education, health, and well being here in America. Please send our troops home and lets educate our people so we can learn how to believe in Peace by finding PEACE AT HOME. Gandhi Ji said it best: You must be the change you want to see in the world. Yes he did fight it seems a ‘good fight’ but his war that created the most profound change was the war of how he perceived his world at large. He constantly went deep into meditation and he made mistakes sure. But his love for his people and his belief that other nations did not belong in his country won a small victory. The English Left. We Need to Go. I feel if we have a strong military at home and a prosperous nation, others will be drawn once again to asking for our help when the time of their own efforts cannot sustain. We then go a welcome relief to nations that are WILLING to be lead by a great people who are humbled upon entering countries that do not sustain our wonderous health standards, wealth and well being.
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I Honor this day for all who have fallen in service of our country. I also honor all those people who have lost loved ones in countries my country is occupying.
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Linaji 2009

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