I was watching some show and they were reporting on a guy in california that put crosses up for everyone killed. I think he did this every weekend (put them up, take them down). Although he was doing it for anti-war protest reasons, it affected eveyrone that saw it (according to the report). Whether people were for the war or against it, they all were in tears when they saw it. I don't know that it changed anyones opinion, but it was moving.A few months ago, I saw a protest downtown and many of the people were carrying crosses with soldier's names on it. It was heart breaking to see the number of them as the people just kept walkign and walking.
Last night I asked my dad how similar the Iraq thing was to Vietnam. He said we are not as entrenched there as we were in Vietnam. I said, how about at the beginning, before it became this stalemate, quagmire deal? And he thought about that and said he saw a lot of similarities, the main one being that in both cases the public kept urging politicians to get our troops out of there, and they did not.That's kinda scary. I'm not saying Iraq is another Vietnam--yet. But is history just going to repeat itself 30-40 years after Vietnam? That war is a clear memory for anyone maybe 45 or older (ie our president and most of Congress) but did they really learn from what happened there? I feel like if Bush is re-elected we could wind up in a Vietnam-type situation over there, and I don't need to tell you all why that would be really bad.