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79. American Denial by Monica Benderman (A+)
So glad you read and mentioned that essay! Thank you for mentioning it!

American Denial
by Monica Benderman

"And a child shall lead them."

HINESVILLE, GEORGIA, February 23, 2005--In Japan, on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb created in America was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A small child of 2, Sadako Sasaki, and her family lived on the outskrts of Hiroshima at the time, none of them were hurt in that instant but the seed of hurt had been planted. In 1955, 10 years after the atomic bomb, Sadako had developed leukemia. People soon were calling this the A-bomb sickness because so many other children just like Sadako also contracted the disease.

While hospitalized and fighting this disease, the child decided to begin to fold 1,000 paper cranes. In Japan, it is believed that if a person folds 1,000 paper cranes they will have one wish granted. Sadako's wish was to live a long and honorable life. As Sadako became weaker, the process of folding the paper cranes became more difficult. At the time of her death, she had only completed 644 cranes. Her wish made to the last crane finished, "I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world."

To this day, children continue to fold paper cranes in the name of peace. And yet still peace has not come wars continue.

Almost 30 years later, a picture was created. A child, Vietnamese, running down a barren street destroyed by warfare, her child's body on fire from the pain of Napalm, an American weapon, another innocent life destroyed in the name of Freedom.

Still the peace cranes fly, and still no peace has come.

Cranes by Monica Benderman

Almost 30 years later, a new picture was created. My husband, in a convoy, part of the invading American force in Iraq, sees something that will haunt him for the rest of his life. A little girl standing near the edge of the road with her mother. Her arm burned black from hand to shoulder, crying and hoping for someone to care. But when my husband offered his share of the medical supplies to help this child, his convoy and his command could not stop. War called, and humanity was left standing by the side of the road.

We see the picture of the Iraqi child, arms outstretched, covered in her parents' blood. The victim of an erroneous shooting at a checkpoint near her village, an orphan now, she will never be the same again.

"And a child shall lead them."... doesn't anyone see?

Fear is what drives us now. Not the fear of terrorists striking, that is only a superficial excuse. The fear that drives us, is that we will wake up and realize what we have become. I reach for my country, as I would reach for a friend. But is my country there? Physically it is, just as it always has been, but its heart.. it beats so faintly, is it gone? I hope not forever. I hope it's only hiding, locked away.This country now, is not the country I told my dreams to, this country would not understand those dreams. This country does not understand the dreams of the children. I wish my country, America, could understand, but we are so afraid now, and running so fast that there is no way we can see.

The heart of America is closed now, it is not feeling, and this is breaking my heart. I can only feel pain when I think of my country and it is not pain for me. The pain that I feel is from what is hiding behind the lies that my country thinks are our truths. The fears that are leading my country now are making us so vulnerable that we will turn to any justification and the dangers are only pulling us closer to the edge. If America cannot turn and face the truth, we will run forever, and soon only be living lies.

We as a country are afraid of facing the weaknesses that others have pointed out in us. Rather than face these weaknesses, and fight to bring about positive change, we continue to attack those who show us our truths. For years of this country at war, the wrong choice has been "eradicate them all and we will never have to know what we hide from."

The right choice, face who we are, see reality, admit that we are to blame for what is being done to us now, and bring about the change needed to stop the cycle of violence. Become the great country we profess to be, but whose heart is now hidden so far away. Like the alcoholic who denies his drinking problem, the abused wife who refuses to admit the danger she is in, the mother who believes that by continuing to interfere in her children's lives she is actually helping them to grow, America is in denial, and we, the people, are enabling the denial to continue.

By not bringing about the changes we know must happen, by talking and politicking and placing blame everywhere except squarely on our own shoulders, the violence and the abuse of our country will continue. Violence is the response of the weak. Reaching inside, admitting our weaknesses and taking action to strengthen them is the response of the strong.

With each step into the face of our fears, we will draw closer to finding Peace. Take one more look at the child's picture we do not want to see, and soon we will see that the night is not as dark when you see it clearly, and the solution will show itself in the form of peace.

Words, they are lies. Pictures, and the actions that result from the truth of those pictures, they speak for eternity. To avoid those pictures, to fail to act is only to buy into empty promises that will destroy this country when they prove too weak to keep the truth hidden any longer.

My wish for my country.. that the people of this country respect themselves enough to want to take care of the life they have been given. That they have enough honor and integrity to stare fully at their darkest sides and know that the worst is over when they dare to admit that they have not done enough to defend the morality and values on which this country was founded.

My husband, Sgt. Kevin Benderman and those who stand with him now, Camillo Mejia, Jimmy Massey, Pablo Paredes, Trent Helmkamp, did not commit to defend the immoralities of this country. When they came to terms with this, they walked away. They fight now, for the Heart of this country, our country, and they do it with integrity, and in truth. They have faced the horrors that our country is afraid to see. They speak openly about it and they are no longer in denial.

I dare you all to the same. Do you have the heart to face the children who, in innocence, have tried to lead?

Can you stare into the face of the darkest reality, and see that Peace is the only answer, and that it has to begin with you? /
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  -To Stop a War - Welcome SGT Kevin Benderman and his wife Monica to DU!!! Tinoire  May-21-05 02:41 PM   #0 
  - What Cynthia McKinney Told Congress about Kevin  Tinoire   May-21-05 02:46 PM   #1 
  - welcome kevin and monica  knowbody0   May-21-05 02:46 PM   #2 
  - I don't want to detract from Kevin & Monica but posted those  Tinoire   May-21-05 02:49 PM   #3 
  - Tinoire,  Just Me   May-21-05 02:53 PM   #9 
     - :blush: Had nothing to do with this - just introducing a modern hero  Tinoire   May-21-05 02:55 PM   #13 
        - Merci beaucoup Tenoire  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 03:21 PM   #27 
           - Mon plaisir  Tinoire   May-21-05 03:37 PM   #35 
  - I think he's very brave  FreedomAngel82   May-21-05 11:51 PM   #150 
  - Welcome!  blogslut   May-21-05 02:49 PM   #4 
  - HERE!  monicab   May-21-05 02:51 PM   #5 
     - Hi Monica and Kevin!  Tinoire   May-21-05 02:53 PM   #8 
     - Welcome! & thank you both for your courage. Is this accurate  LibertyorDeath   May-21-05 04:11 PM   #52 
     - I second that question if Kevin and Monica can answer that n/t  Tinoire   May-21-05 04:20 PM   #56 
     - sop  monicab   May-21-05 06:23 PM   #98 
        - Damn.... I was afraid of that.  LibertyorDeath   May-21-05 07:16 PM   #110 
        - *choke*  Just Me   May-21-05 08:23 PM   #123 
     - welcome to DU!  wicket   May-23-05 08:55 AM   #210 
  - Kevin & Monica, thank you for your courage!!!!  Just Me   May-21-05 02:51 PM   #6 
  - Welcome to DU...  DemocratSinceBirth   May-21-05 02:52 PM   #7 
  - My first question to/about Kevin (About your time in Iraq)  Tinoire   May-21-05 02:54 PM   #10 
  - location  monicab   May-21-05 03:34 PM   #34 
     - That does shed light... Did you go to Iraq supporting the action?  Tinoire   May-21-05 03:49 PM   #41 
        - Second this question, and have one to add.  mzmolly   May-21-05 08:21 PM   #121 
           - bush support  monicab   May-22-05 06:20 PM   #184 
              - Well of course the media said "The Military Overwhelmingly Supported Bush"  mzmolly   May-23-05 02:20 PM   #225 
                 - don't believe everything you read...  monicab   May-24-05 03:05 PM   #227 
                    - Ahhhhhhhhhhh,  mzmolly   May-24-05 03:46 PM   #229 
  - Welcome to the sane side of the internet, Kevin and Monica!  Cooley Hurd   May-21-05 02:55 PM   #11 
  - we are americans  monicab   May-21-05 03:10 PM   #20 
     - You are BOTH heroes!  im10ashus   May-21-05 03:47 PM   #40 
        - As thoroughly as I know that about our troops  Eloriel   May-21-05 09:51 PM   #137 
           - You tried Eloriel. Goodness knows you, we, tried!  Tinoire   May-21-05 09:57 PM   #139 
  - Kevin and Monica,  bear425   May-21-05 02:55 PM   #12 
  - support  monicab   May-21-05 03:06 PM   #17 
     - Thank you. Will you please post your website address  bear425   May-21-05 03:17 PM   #24 
     - It's  Tinoire   May-21-05 03:28 PM   #31 
     - lots of people  mopinko   May-22-05 10:23 AM   #166 
  - Question:  Just Me   May-21-05 03:02 PM   #14 
  - specific organizations  monicab   May-21-05 03:07 PM   #19 
     - RE: GI Rights Hotline  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 03:19 PM   #25 
        - Links  monicab   May-21-05 03:40 PM   #36 
           - Thank you n/t  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 03:50 PM   #42 
  - Thank you  monicab   May-21-05 03:02 PM   #15 
  - Welcome!  Just Me   May-21-05 03:06 PM   #18 
  - Welcome to DU, you two.  AchtungToddler   May-21-05 03:06 PM   #16 
  - :-)  monicab   May-21-05 03:16 PM   #22 
     - Very glad to welcome you here...My partner was CO for Viet Nam in 1967  Rowdyboy   May-21-05 04:41 PM   #64 
  - WOW. Hell of a post, Tinoire!  Zhade   May-21-05 03:12 PM   #21 
  - Yes, and let's recommend it so more will see it ASAP! n/t  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 03:22 PM   #28 
  - Done!  Zhade   May-21-05 03:45 PM   #38 
  - Thanks Zhade  Tinoire   May-21-05 03:59 PM   #46 
  - Welcome! It's an honor.  AnnInLa   May-21-05 03:16 PM   #23 
  - FUTURE - for soldiers  monicab   May-23-05 09:19 AM   #211 
  - Welcome Kevin and Monica  PsychoDad   May-21-05 03:20 PM   #26 
  - Two Questions Please  DemocratSinceBirth   May-21-05 03:25 PM   #29 
  - answers  monicab   May-21-05 03:45 PM   #39 
  - Welcome Kevin and Monica!  IMModerate   May-21-05 03:28 PM   #30 
  - you deserve it  monicab   May-21-05 03:57 PM   #45 
     - I hope more independent journalists see this and publicize it for you!  Tinoire   May-21-05 04:04 PM   #49 
     - Dear Kevin and Monica, thank you for joining in with us at DU!  anarchy1999   May-21-05 04:45 PM   #66 
     - I will be sending your website and info to people in other countries  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 05:02 PM   #72 
     - THANK YOU  monicab   May-21-05 05:13 PM   #76 
     - Monica, I would be honored to do that for you! SwampRat  Tinoire   May-21-05 05:23 PM   #80 
     - THANKS AGAIN  monicab   May-21-05 05:27 PM   #83 
        - Promised!  Tinoire   May-21-05 05:40 PM   #85 
     - .pdf - portable document files can be opened and printed on any computer  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 05:26 PM   #82 
     - American Denial by Monica Benderman (A+)  Tinoire   May-21-05 05:21 PM   #79 
        - I'm gonna make a .pdf of this myself right now!  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 05:32 PM   #84 
           - I totally agree! When I think of Kevin/Monica and see their courage  Tinoire   May-21-05 05:46 PM   #88 
              - Check your email  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 06:15 PM   #96 
                 - Got it! Beautiful!  Tinoire   May-21-05 06:37 PM   #100 
                    - Let's do it  Swamp Rat   May-21-05 06:55 PM   #103 
                       - Do you need Photoshop for Windows or for Mac?  Tinoire   May-21-05 07:17 PM   #111 
                          - I use a Mac exclusively  Swamp Rat   May-22-05 12:10 AM   #154 
                             - Ouch -  Tinoire   May-22-05 09:25 AM   #164 
     - What an incredibly powerful statement:  Eloriel   May-21-05 10:08 PM   #140 
     - You are to be commended for your integrity...  Raksha   May-21-05 11:24 PM   #146 
     - People who realize that these are not our enemies....  Tigress DEM   May-21-05 11:50 PM   #149 
        - I love that picture! Thanks for posting it here n/t  Tinoire   May-22-05 12:08 AM   #152 
        - WElCOME.... Welcome.... welcome... is there an echo in here?  Tigress DEM   May-22-05 12:35 AM   #157 
        - I love that picture! Thanks for posting it here n/t  Tinoire   May-22-05 12:08 AM   #153 
  - Welcome to DU  La Coliniere   May-21-05 03:30 PM   #32 
  - welcome, and thank you for your amazing bravery  mopinko   May-21-05 03:31 PM   #33 
  - The Court Martial of Kevin Benderman  Tinoire   May-21-05 03:43 PM   #37 
  - I have two questions  AmBlue   May-21-05 03:50 PM   #43 
  - soldiers  monicab   May-21-05 04:07 PM   #51 
     - Thank you for your candor  AmBlue   May-21-05 08:22 PM   #122 
  - *self-delete* dupe  AmBlue   May-21-05 03:51 PM   #44 
  - I like their looks - welcome! :-)  mogster   May-21-05 04:01 PM   #47 
  - Welcome! Your courage is inspiring!  PuraVidaDreamin   May-21-05 04:02 PM   #48 
  - hearings  monicab   May-21-05 04:20 PM   #57 
  - Kevin and Monica, Welcome to DU!  Paintedlady   May-21-05 04:05 PM   #50 
  - Ok, one for the legal scholars amongst us: Is an order given in ..  hootinholler   May-21-05 04:12 PM   #53 
  - From a Veteran  alfredo   May-21-05 04:15 PM   #54 
  - Thank you Tinoire  merh   May-21-05 04:16 PM   #55 
  - thank you  monicab   May-21-05 04:22 PM   #58 
  - Thank you for being a committed activist!  Tinoire   May-21-05 04:32 PM   #61 
  - question about mood of soldiers etc.  laura888   May-21-05 04:23 PM   #59 
  - questions from Laura  monicab   May-21-05 04:42 PM   #65 
     - thank you!  laura888   May-21-05 04:49 PM   #69 
  - Thanks, Tinore for posting the  zidzi   May-21-05 04:29 PM   #60 
  - kudos to Tinoire, Kevin and Monica  welshTerrier2   May-21-05 04:36 PM   #62 
  - people who wear the uniform  monicab   May-21-05 05:10 PM   #75 
     - "If we can get them talking"  welshTerrier2   May-21-05 05:40 PM   #86 
  - Thank you for your service for our country.  cry baby   May-21-05 04:39 PM   #63 
  - Thank you Kevin and Monica  JohnyCanuck   May-21-05 04:46 PM   #67 
  - Welcome Kevin and Monica!  mutley_r_us   May-21-05 04:46 PM   #68 
  - Thanks for joining us, Kevin & Monica. My question is about  intheflow   May-21-05 04:55 PM   #70 
  - contractors..  monicab   May-21-05 05:16 PM   #77 
  - Thanks, Monica. I'll look forward to Kevin's response. n/t  intheflow   May-21-05 06:45 PM   #101 
  - contractors  monicab   May-22-05 05:12 PM   #178 
  - A heartfelt Welcome to Kevin and Monica...  leftchick   May-21-05 05:01 PM   #71 
  - an Official Welcome! how nice!  G_j   May-21-05 05:07 PM   #73 
  - Thank you for spending some time with us...  DemBeans   May-21-05 05:09 PM   #74 
  - draft.. recruiting VERY IMPORTANT  monicab   May-21-05 05:20 PM   #78 
     - Ditto- can't stress that enough!  Tinoire   May-21-05 05:52 PM   #90 
     - Oh, I am so glad to have this information for my son!!!  Just Me   May-21-05 06:22 PM   #97 
  - Welcome Monica and Kevin!  ultraist   May-21-05 05:25 PM   #81 
  - WOW!!! Monica and Kevin in da house!!!  Karenina   May-21-05 05:42 PM   #87 
  - Thank you as always to Tinoire and a heartfelt welcome to Kevin and Monica  shance   May-21-05 05:49 PM   #89 
  - Welcome, and a question  alcibiades_mystery   May-21-05 05:56 PM   #91 
  - Welcome Kevin and Monica  Paula Sims   May-21-05 06:03 PM   #92 
  - No questions, just support  MrScorpio   May-21-05 06:05 PM   #93 
  - Welcome, thanks, and a question  clem_c_rock   May-21-05 06:10 PM   #94 
  - tactics  monicab   May-21-05 06:35 PM   #99 
     - I heard one of the things Giuliana Sgrena was working on reporting  clem_c_rock   May-21-05 07:37 PM   #115 
  - Welcome Kevin and Monica.  understandinglife   May-21-05 06:13 PM   #95 
  - The deserters: Awol crisis hits the US forces (heart-breaking)  Tinoire   May-21-05 06:55 PM   #102 
  - We can tell you stories..  monicab   May-21-05 07:09 PM   #106 
     - I, we, can't wait to hear your stories  Tinoire   May-21-05 07:33 PM   #114 
  - Welcome to DU, Kevin and Monica!  bobthedrummer   May-21-05 07:06 PM   #104 
  - American military personnel  Karenina   May-21-05 07:08 PM   #105 
  - Hello from Ireland  Chomp   May-21-05 07:09 PM   #107 
  - Iraqi citizens.. and THANK YOU for EVERYTHING  monicab   May-21-05 07:13 PM   #109 
     - People helping people,...that's,...power!!!  Just Me   May-21-05 07:52 PM   #118 
     - PLEASE share these messages with the Iraqi people.  BeHereNow   May-21-05 08:29 PM   #125 
        - But for my need to reach out to the people in Iraq, I would not be here!!!  Just Me   May-21-05 08:45 PM   #128 
        - Ditto!  Tinoire   May-21-05 09:17 PM   #130 
           - Honey babe-  BeHereNow   May-21-05 09:34 PM   #133 
              - Laughing  Tinoire   May-21-05 09:47 PM   #136 
  - Welcome and bless you both for your courage!!  lilymercury   May-21-05 07:11 PM   #108 
  - welcome! ... your depth, integrity, heart just leap off the page  faithnotgreed   May-21-05 07:18 PM   #112 
  - A big DU welcome to Kevin and Monica  HeeBGBz   May-21-05 07:27 PM   #113 
  - WELCOME!!!!!  mzmolly   May-21-05 07:39 PM   #116 
  - Good golly  monicab   May-22-05 05:04 PM   #177 
     - Indeed I have.  mzmolly   May-22-05 11:42 PM   #194 
  - DUers, Kevin, Monica- check out !  Tinoire   May-21-05 07:40 PM   #117 
  - Protests across U.S. support war resisters "Pablo and Kevin put the war  Tinoire   May-21-05 07:57 PM   #119 
  - TRUE Patriots! WELCOME KEVIN AND MONICA!!!  BeHereNow   May-21-05 08:14 PM   #120 
  - Your nephew and his wife are both in my prayers  Tinoire   May-21-05 09:27 PM   #131 
     - Thank you Tinoire-  BeHereNow   May-21-05 09:37 PM   #134 
  - welcome Kevin and Monica  Vincardog   May-21-05 08:27 PM   #124 
  - we can do this together  monicab   May-22-05 05:01 PM   #176 
  - Notice how not ONE lurking freeper troll has had the nerve  BeHereNow   May-21-05 08:36 PM   #126 
  - Welcome, Kevin and Monica!  Spazito   May-21-05 08:42 PM   #127 
  - arriving late and leaving early...  mike_c   May-21-05 09:01 PM   #129 
  - Again Welcome, Kevin and Monica!  Berserker   May-21-05 09:28 PM   #132 
     - And you won't see them in this thread  Tinoire   May-21-05 09:38 PM   #135 
        - What a fantastic  Catrina   May-21-05 10:48 PM   #143 
           - Hi Catrina  monicab   May-21-05 11:03 PM   #144 
           - Hi Catrina  Tinoire   May-22-05 12:03 AM   #151 
  - We've read many reports about the sorry lack of proper equipment  Tinoire   May-21-05 09:56 PM   #138 
  - this will require many posts, but here's a start...  monicab   May-21-05 10:23 PM   #141 
  - Thanks :) but I think there's a typo in your post  Tinoire   May-21-05 11:15 PM   #145 
     - typo  monicab   May-22-05 07:12 AM   #160 
     - here's the corrected post.. :-)  monicab   May-22-05 07:15 AM   #161 
  - equipment and living quarters  monicab   May-22-05 05:46 PM   #180 
     - I really hope the living conditions have improved!  Tinoire   May-22-05 07:13 PM   #187 
  - Kevin and Monica,  Auntie Bush   May-21-05 10:36 PM   #142 
  - Welcome Kevin and Monica and Caterina  DemonFighterLives   May-21-05 11:46 PM   #147 
  - welcome  monicab   May-22-05 05:52 PM   #181 
     - I feel terrible for them all  DemonFighterLives   May-22-05 06:19 PM   #183 
  - I first heard about you from CODEPINK e-mails - you have my support  NormaR   May-21-05 11:49 PM   #148 
  - A quote that's on my fridge....  halobeam   May-22-05 12:31 AM   #155 
  - Welcome both of you. You have no idea how many friends you  roguevalley   May-22-05 12:33 AM   #156 
  - Welcome to DU!  Crunchy Frog   May-22-05 01:43 AM   #158 
  - Kick  Zhade   May-22-05 02:55 AM   #159 
  - soldier stories  monicab   May-22-05 07:45 AM   #162 
  - "Before you can destroy others, you have to destroy yourself"  Tinoire   May-22-05 09:37 AM   #165 
  - Vietnam era veteran welcomes you to Democratic Underground  B Calm   May-22-05 07:59 AM   #163 
  - thanks  monicab   May-22-05 01:35 PM   #170 
  - Question from Underground Panther in the Sky  Tinoire   May-22-05 10:59 AM   #167 
  - Good questions  monicab   May-22-05 05:59 PM   #182 
  - questions from panther  monicab   May-23-05 07:37 AM   #200 
  - Welcome to DU!  lateo   May-22-05 12:57 PM   #168 
  - :-)  monicab   May-22-05 01:33 PM   #169 
     - You are welcome.  lateo   May-22-05 09:17 PM   #190 
  - RECRUITING INFORMATION  monicab   May-22-05 01:58 PM   #171 
  - Amazing- "shop in the largest shopping mall in the world"  Tinoire   May-22-05 02:04 PM   #172 
     - yes, ma'am...  monicab   May-22-05 02:21 PM   #173 
        - Thanks :) Same here! n/t  Tinoire   May-22-05 04:29 PM   #174 
  - This is an amazing thread... thank you so much.  salin   May-22-05 04:39 PM   #175 
  - 5 Questions  chlamor   May-22-05 05:25 PM   #179 
  - Welcome to DU, Kevin and Monica!  Sparkly   May-22-05 06:22 PM   #185 
  - Good night all  monicab   May-22-05 06:24 PM   #186 
  - Good-night Kevin and Monica! Hope to see you soon before they lock this  Tinoire   May-22-05 07:33 PM   #188 
     - we're not going anywhere.. back in the morning.  monicab   May-22-05 08:19 PM   #189 
        - Good... We'll see you in the morning then  Tinoire   May-22-05 11:50 PM   #197 
  - THIS IS WHAT YOU DO FOR US... THANK YOU  monicab   May-22-05 09:48 PM   #191 
  - This is the letter referred to in the last post...  monicab   May-22-05 09:57 PM   #192 
     - As a summary...  monicab   May-22-05 10:12 PM   #193 
     - Thanks for explainining the process  Tinoire   May-22-05 11:48 PM   #196 
     - Unbelievable. I wish the Mainstream media would tell your stories.  mzmolly   May-22-05 11:51 PM   #198 
     - "they were going to shackle his legs and force him on the plane to Irag"?!  Tinoire   May-22-05 11:45 PM   #195 
  - Kick  LibertyorDeath   May-23-05 01:24 AM   #199 
  - Another Soldier  monicab   May-23-05 08:20 AM   #201 
  - Mother's letter  monicab   May-23-05 08:21 AM   #202 
     - WHAT A CROCK!!!!  Just Me   May-23-05 08:37 AM   #203 
        - As I used to say, the military is like Vegas...  IrateCitizen   May-23-05 08:46 AM   #208 
  - Welcome, and thank you for doing your duty  TOJ   May-23-05 08:41 AM   #204 
  - Kevin and Monica, greetings from another military resister!  IrateCitizen   May-23-05 08:42 AM   #205 
  - Thank you  monicab   May-23-05 08:54 AM   #209 
  - From an Infantryman's Journal  monicab   May-23-05 08:42 AM   #206 
  - A 23 yr. old soldier -  monicab   May-23-05 08:43 AM   #207 
  - Kick for a real American Patriot!  Andy_Stephenson   May-23-05 09:51 AM   #212 
  - KICK!  IrateCitizen   May-23-05 10:39 AM   #213 
  - Our reasons....  monicab   May-23-05 11:24 AM   #214 
  - Go Kevin, Go !  ozmike   May-23-05 11:33 AM   #215 
  - Hot.Button.Issue.  Karenina   May-23-05 12:12 PM   #216 
  - Welcome, Sgt. and Mrs. Benderman!  BurtWorm   May-23-05 12:18 PM   #217 
  - This one is SPECIAL - from Iraq  monicab   May-23-05 12:19 PM   #218 
  - After all... we're all just people who want to live our lives in peace  monicab   May-23-05 12:21 PM   #220 
  - I respectfully request that a new thread be started.  bobthedrummer   May-23-05 12:20 PM   #219 
  - :-)  monicab   May-23-05 12:34 PM   #221 
     - Done. I started a new thread for people to use.  Tinoire   May-23-05 01:12 PM   #222 
        - dupe  Tinoire   May-23-05 01:13 PM   #223 
  - PT 2 - Please transition to NEW THREAD  Tinoire   May-23-05 01:15 PM   #224 
  - Corrected link to thread 2  Tinoire   May-23-05 04:08 PM   #226 
  - Welcome!  ih8thegop   May-24-05 03:40 PM   #228 
  - :-)  monicab   May-24-05 10:36 PM   #230 
     - Agreed (nt)  ih8thegop   May-25-05 12:14 PM   #231 
  - This is so outstanding. I think it's the best DU post I have ever seen.  Nothing Without Hope   May-26-05 09:39 PM   #232 
     - Thank you  Tinoire   May-27-05 06:44 PM   #233 

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