I watched Oprah this morning and was (again) bawling as she had troops that had just returned from Iraq after a 7 month tour on stage. Some of them were near tears as they talked about wanting to see their families. She then had the families run out and hug, cry and kiss their soldiers. It was overwhelmingly emotional. Oprah said something like "Whether you agree on the war in Iraq or not, we ALL support our troops."
And it got me thinking...
If I was working as a marketing director and in a board meeting where people were yelling about what an idiot my boss was and how asinine the projects I spent 8 hours a day working on were and then said, "But we support you" I would want to give them a big old middle finger salute. Now don't get me wrong I am not endorsing this war on terror. But I do believe that though we need to keep speaking up and speaking out on our views we have to be ever mindful. So careful. And so damn respectful, of the fact that people are giving up their lives for this war.
Maybe I'm naive. Maybe it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease and in order to have any authority about your position in the war you need to rant and rave. But I hope not. I hope there is a way to stand up for what we believe without throwing around insults and slurs when men and women are dying and giving up their families. I would imagine the soldiers need to feel that they are fighting for something, for some greater good. And I wouldn't want to take that away from them or the ones they've left behind. So while I don't agree with this war, I'm not going to call our President names (though I might want to) or say the war is "f'king stupid" when people are working for it in a way I'm sure as hell not brave enough to do.