Sdp - I do very much corroborate. I can still hear the screaming. I can't stand it.
And I may get jumped on for this but by God, I'm giving my opinion on this and it's a pretty big stand:
I'm not a republican and I'm not a democrat and in fact I can't stand political parties at all though I'm registed as a republican. I vote for the person who I think will do a better job. I didn't want to vote because I didn't want to vote for either one of the monkey's running for office.
With that said, I will continue to support the president regardless of whether or not I voted for him or whether or not I think he should be in office. And simply because if we don't back our leaders regardless of whether or not we think they should be in office or the reasons why they do things it makes us look weak as a nation to fighting amongst ourselves and against the people we put in power. People want to attack us and hurt us and they will keep succeeding as long as we, the people, refuse to work and stand together.
In regards to the war I am very opinionated. That's not to say my opinion is wrong or right, it's just my opinion and it's not changing and people may view me differently after this post but I hope not since I've been fairly open about what I think of the war since the beginning:
There were several reasons for going to war and as I'm sure most of you the reason they try to cover up is oil. And I'm sure it's probably the biggest. Despite this poor motive for going to war I'm sure it was not the only motive. Do we need to bring the events of 9/11 back into play? Has anyone really forgotten? I should hope to shout not. The primary motive for going to war was not the best one but something needed to be done. We've made our bed and now we must lie in it. What happened Al Ghraib is a terrible thing. It shouldn't have happened and if it hadn't Nick Berg may have still been alive today, but I doubt it. What happened to that young man and what his family is going through right now is awful. I hate that any mother or father would have to lose their child the way they did. Now as it stands we need to quit pussyfooting around and do what we were supposed to go over there to do. War is not a game of patty-cake. It's not pretty and fluffy with flowers all over it. Soldiers (real people.....our friends, our neighbors, brothers, sisters...maybe even parents) are going to die. Full quarter should be given to prisoners in my personal opinion. However, allow me to play the devil's advocate for a moment. Does anyone really plan to close their eyes to the possibility that Iraqi soliders treat their prisons just as bad if not worse than American soldiers treated their prisoners at Abu Ghraib? The difference is, they haven't been caught so no one cares. I do though. I do. I have a few friends in the Marines who are the front lines and I know that if they're caught, they're as good as dead. If you're looking at all normal details two wrongs don't make a right. But war isn't normal. Nothing is right. You do what you have to do to survive. That's a cold truth that too many people don't want to face. The sad thing is, now it's involved a civilian who was only trying to help. As horrible as this post probably makes me sound, I'm just saying my opinion of what I know. I watched the video. I watched that man die a horrible, brutal death and only a human could do that. I've heard people call them animals. No, only a human would kill someone out of hate. And it takes a coward to kill with a mask on. I was upset for the remainder of the day yesterday. I was freaked out by what I saw I slept with a bedside table lamp on all night. I didn't sleep well. I tossed and turned. I kept seeing him...his face. I kept hearing the screams. I've been at home by myself for the last few hours and I was never more thrilled to see my sister and brother come home arguing because I could still hear him screaming in my mind all day. It's something you never forget. I wondered what he must have been thinking before it happened. I wondered how he must have felt feeling what he felt and after they cut vocal chords not be able to scream from the pain. I wondered how long he actually suffered before he finally died. And watching that video it felt like watching it in slow motion. You kept hearing the screams even after they stopped and you just wanted him to shut up and quit screaming because you felt helpless and you wanted to do something but it was already too late. And you think to yourself about all the movies you've watched when you see someone beheaded and when you watch the video it seems fake to you because you've seen it. Only you know it's real and you just want to pretend that it's only make-believe but you know in the back of your mind what you just saw really happened and you never fully convince yourself that it did. I am changed forever. I don't know if it's for the better or for the worse. I am a student studying nursing. I can handle blood all day. I couldn't yesterday...it's different when the patient comes in with something done to them and they're bleeding. It's quite a different story when you watch it with your own eyes. It's heart and gut wrenching and you just want to throw up. And you never fully know what to really think about what you've just seen. I have a big heart that is easily crushed and I like to believe the best of everyone. Last night, it was sliced, diced, minced, and crushed.
.:.:Dixie girls - you talk it. We live it. You're jealous. Admit it.:.:.