Saturday, January 16, 2010

Forgive my ignorance, but I don't understand our war...


The above soldier who died for no reason is my friend. Daniel loved country music, boots, cowboy hats, and tight jeans. He was different and stuck out but he didn't care. He was who he was. I haven't seen Daniel in about 2 years because he's always deployed somewhere but we stay in touch on Facebook/MySpace. On Christmas when he was discouraged because he was missing his son's first Christmas I told him, "Merry Christmas. Sorry you couldn't be home but we love you and thanks for the sacrifices you make for us." We talked last week on Facebook just general chat. Never thought that would be the last time I talked to him. When I read the news on Twitter yesterday I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I still can't believe it. I've watched the news coverage on 3, 5, and 13 and laugh at the pictures of him in his rodeo and Daniel asking his mother to insure his CDs for thousands of dollars. I cry randomly because it's not fair and the war is now real for me. I didn't care before but now I see my friend died and for what? I know Daniel was fighting for his country and he's proud of what he was doing/did and I'm proud of him too.

But what good are we doing over there? Obviously, we aren't wanted over there. I understand that the conditions over there are bad and we're trying to make them better for the civilians over there but I don't have a dog in this fight. Why is it our business? They flew OUR planes into our buildings. Maybe there are no weapons of mass destruction and if there are we should stand and fight here. Protecting our soil, not trying to rule and set up government in someone else's country. NOT our place. Bring our soldiers home or give me a reason my friend had to be blown up by an IED.

I need someone to be blunt and tell me why. I need someone to talk to me like a stubborn child who doesn't know anything because I can't get it.