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I can't take it anymore.

I don't swear easily anymore (or at least I'm trying not to)... but...

Oh. My. God.

I can't take this any more. What the hell is wrong with this country? Why do people even think the pending war is right and good! How can so many condone the killing of innocents that has been happening and will continue? How can people be so blind?

I really don't want another Gulf War. But I'm certain it's going to happen. Our illustrious president will see to that - even if no one backs us up because no significant weapons have been found. Why the hell are we going after Iraq/Saddam, anyway? If we're going to war with anyone, shouldn't it be Osama? But we haven't been able to find him, so we'll just go after an easier target - one which we've been ignoring for 10 years.

I used to ignore this stuff. I didn't even let the WTC attacks phase me too much. It's always been more important for me to finish school. But I can't ignore it anymore. I just wish I knew what to do. Those who protest the war don't seem to have much effect. If Bush re-instates the draft, I'll definitely be protesting that; it's completely insane. But unless Rangel gets his way (extremely unlikely), I won't be drafted. So I won't be a draft-dodger, but I'll sure as hell help my friends to be.

I wish I knew what else I could do.
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By the way...

anitra January 22nd, 2003
Thanks to londo and wicketgate for most of the links I used. The rest I obtained from Google News.

krellis January 22nd, 2003
Somehow I suspect the answer to "How can people be so blind?" is deeply rooted in the answer to "How can people be so stupid as to not be able to find the US on a map, or the Pacific Ocean, no less Iraq?" They just don't care. All of this is totally meaningless to Joe Sixpack. They don't care one way or another whether we bomb the shit out of Iraq. Hell, most of them don't even really care of some terrorist knocks down some big building. Or perhaps more accurately, they don't understand the issues enough to care about the /right/ things. And thus, as our political system dictates, the politicians also don't understand, and/or don't care.

As much fun as it may be to joke about it, I don't believe in dodging the draft. If I'm drafted, I'll do my part. Will it happen? At this point, anything's possible. Hell, it's even perfectly possible that we won't go to war with anyone. It's also possible that the war will go nuclear and all life as we know it will cease to exist. Who knows? Who cares? Oh yeah, and apathy is one of the reasons our country is like this, too :)

draft-dodging

etherial January 22nd, 2003
Neither would I. Of course, the reason I'm not currently in the military (ROTC) is the simple fact that I am not hetereosexual. I find it oddly comforting that I will probably be unable to serve my country militarily until such time as most of this insanity will have ended.

Re: draft-dodging

wicketgate January 23rd, 2003
It's such an insane policy, did you hear about those arabic translators in the FBI who were fired simply because they are gay, in a time when arabic translators are so badly needed? Sickening! I really hope this insanity is over soon.

About the draft....

anitra January 23rd, 2003
As much fun as it may be to joke about it, I don't believe in dodging the draft. If I'm drafted, I'll do my part.

I've got a weird dualist thing going on here. On one hand, if I was actually drafted (not that it'll ever happen), I wouldn't back out - even though I disagree, I would still support my country. However, I'd help my friends dodge if they wanted to, because it's their decision to do what they think is right.

I know, I'm a freak.

wicketgate January 23rd, 2003
It's so sad and infuriating. Why do people want war? The media seems to be so pro-war too, it really feels as if we are in the Twilight Zone. My uncle who was drafted in Vietnam is only now able to talk about his experiences. He had to kill many many children because that was the type of warfare that the North Vietnamese used, it's so incredibly sad to hear him talk about it :( A lot of people will die, and many more will come home with scars that will never heal, and we'll only generate more hatred around the globe for us :(

Sins of the father...

ctriv January 23rd, 2003
Bush is scared out of his tiny little mind of doing what his father did, have high approval ratings in the middle of his term and then get butt whipped going for a second term. His father had this happen because of a faltering economy. Bush is convinced however, that this happened due to his father's drift to the middle, ignoring the conservative base of the Republican party. So, to make a long story short, Bush is forgetting that about 55%-60% of americans are centrist.

In ignoring this he is taking a HUGE political gamble. It's not just the war too, its abortion rights, tax policy, environmental issues (you do know that the EPA has decided to not enforce parts of the Clean Air Act anymore, right?). The american people are funny in a way, they'll take a certain amount of left or right politics, but then after a while they'll swing it the other way. Bush's approval numbers fallen from the mid 80s to just above 50%. He is no longer a political demi-god, so there is a little hope.

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