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Wars And Their Aftermath - Things Seldom Spoken Of
(Fred Reed, Fred On Everything, December 4, 2004)
"The years will go by. Iraq will fade into the mist. Wars always do. A generation will rise for whom it will be just history. The dismembered veterans will find first that almost nobody appreciates what they did, then that few even remember it. ... Yet the wounds will remain. Arms do not grow back. For the paralyzed there will never be girlfriends, dancing, rolling in the grass with children. The blind will adapt as best they can. Those with merely a missing leg will count themselves lucky. They will hobble about, managing to lead semi-normal lives, and people will say, 'How well he handles it.' An admirable freak. For others it will be less good. A colostomy bag is a sorry companion on a wedding night. These men will come to hate. It will not be the Iraqis they hate. This we do not talk about."
COMMENT:***** It has already begun... But that is just this old Curmudgeon's opinion******
posted by An Old Curmudgeon 4:49 PM