Sunday, April 13, 2008

Again I Say: Bring Them Home

This morning, on my way home from shopping at Wegman's for breakfast stuff, I was transfixed by a story on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.  Sipping my $1.49 caramel coffee with non-fat half and half driving down Moorestown's near-perfect Main Street, I was brought to tears by the story of a young mother whose son will grow up fatherless.

The story introduced us to Altoona, Pennsylvania's Suzie Fetterman, and her six month old son, Mason.  Mason's father and Suzie's fiance Michael Hook was a month from coming home when he was killed last August in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq.  He was 25.  Suzie and Mason are state-side casualties of this war, a woman who never intended to be a single mom and a boy who will have a community to support him, but no dad.

He'll never have his dad play catch with him.  He'll never feel his father's scratchy beard on his soft cheek when his father kisses him good night.  He'll never have dad carry him to bed after he fell asleep watching a Phils game.  He'll have a flag and a picture and a mom who loves him.  But he'll never have a dad.

Over 800 children will never know their mom or dad due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq.  We're over five years in, over 4000 Americans dead, and nothing accomplished that is worth their sacrifice.

It's time for the heroes to come home.


Hillary Chybinski said...

Amen to that my friend.

Dan said...

It's amazing how two people who agree on so much can disagree on so much. Love you bro, but we need to be there.

Chris said...

I love you too man, but no one has yet to explain to me what good can be done at this point that will ameliorate the loss of Mason's dad or of the 4000 or so others who didn't come home. Not to mention the million or so Iraqis who have died in the last five years so that we can drop their country into civil war.

PCole said...

It's been a great distraction from WorldCom, Enron and the like.

Chris said...

yeah - great in terms of "massive or huge" but the Enronesque economic issues seems to be back ... AND we're still in Iraq.

JimmyDelco said...

CP, it soundsl like are in a place that would not hear the explainations given to you.
NPR loves to pull at the heartstrings, but, these men and women volunteer to die so that your childern will have you and so that you will have the opportunity to drive down a prefect main street and not a bombed out one. Or to worry each day if today is the day your kids school will be attacked.
Your two children and me thank them.

Chris said...

Jimmy -
I always listen. Folks don't volunteer to die. They volunteer to protect. And they are heroes for doing so. I thank the men and women in uniform every opportunity I get.
I simply don't think that we were in danger from a Saddam-led Iraq. There were no WMDs. The people of the US were misled into supporting a war with a fabricated premise. had we known then that the Iraqi regime was on the verge of internal collapse and civil war without our direct intervention, most, including myself would never have supporte the decision to invade.
I also think that any danger to our own homes has not been appreciably lessened by the deaths of our folks in Iraq. It's sad to see us involved in a war whose lessons we already learned in Southeast Asia decades ago on a far more damaging scale.

JimmyDelco said...

CP - "Folks don't volunteer to die." That is true for you and me but not true for our servicemen and women. That is why they are heroes and we are pencil pushers.
I am sorry that you do not feel any safer after they have sacrificed for you. I worked next to the Pentagon on 9/11 and helped soldiers after the attack. These actual experiences have shaped my opinion and not NPR, or the Monday morning quarterbacking so many like to regurgitate.

Chris said...

Jimmy D -
I drove home through New York in 9/11. I support fully out work in Afghanistan. 9/11 and Afghanistan have nothing to do with the tragedy of our decision to go to war in Iraq. It's not Monday morning quarterbacking to say that the reasons American were told we were going in were manufactured to fit a decision that had already been made.
The Just War Theory has no allowances for pre-emptive wars. My feelings out what happened on 9/11 are irrelevant to a decision that had nothing to do with that day. Islamic fundamentalism is being strengthened by the war. We are being further endanged as a nation every day we stay there.
The heroes who serve deserve our honor and respect. They also deserve to come home from a fight that the nation doesn't not support and we can't win.
I know these men and women. A my last job, 40% of our population was service-related. They serve out or patriotism, they serve to get a college education. They serve to help their neighbors in time of national emergency or disaster. The national guard units were never designed for extended overseas deployments. The war is so unpopular with recent enlistees that the services have had to stop-loss many important specialties.
We should honor them now by bringing them home to do their mission.