For many Americans of my generation the “Peace Movement” conjures up images from the late 1960’s. You know the ones I mean.
Not just Woodstock. I’m thinking more along the lines of: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out…Make Love, Not War…Hell NO, we won’t go…John naked in bed with Yoko…and 19 year old National Guard soldiers pointing loaded rifles at 19 year old college students.
One of the more unfortunate results of the 60’s Peace Movement was the atrocious reception of the men and women of our armed forces who returned from serving our country. Those who fought in the VietNam War, as well as those who served in uniform in any capacity.
Fast forward to now.
The Teamster’s son SPY.
His initials, not necessarily his occupation. He is serving with the United States Air Force in Afghanistan. You might be able to understand why a 2009 “Peace Movement” makes me feel a little uncomfortable.
Back in the 60’s the American military was partially staffed by the draft. Today, it is all elective. Our military men and women have signed up to serve their country and protect our way of life by their own volition.
I know many people (here in the socialist mecca of a village I live in,) who say they are against the war, but they support the troops. To me that sounds similar to someone being supportive of the players on a baseball team, but not wanting them to win the game.
I fully support not only our military…but also our involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan. My reasons have a lot to do with the Taliban, the rights of women and the published goals and objectives of Al Qaeda.
I want there to be Peace on Earth.
But I know that we can not always stand idly by.
I know that there are reasons for war.
There are things worth fighting for.
There are people worth protecting.
I don’t want war.
I want Peace.
On 05 November, a small army will be blogging with Peace Globes. You can learn all about this Peace force here. You can get a template to make a Peace Globe of your very own.
Let there be Peace on Earth.
and let it begin with me.
The Peace Globe and Blog Blast for Peace are inspired by Mimi, the ruling Queen of Memes. I am honored to wear the Badge.