ntang (ntang) wrote,

Candlelight Vigil

MoveOn is organizing a candlelight vigil to honor the 1000+ Americans that have died in Iraq. To find out where the closest one is, go here: http://action.moveon.org/vigil/

Here's the thing. I think that's a worthwhile thing. What bothers me, though, is the whole concept of them also demanding an end to the war. I don't think it's that simple any more; you can avoid engaging in wars in the first place, but once you're in them, you often have no choice but to stay in them until you've gotten things to the point where you can pull out, especially when you're invading, occupying, bringing freedom, whatever you want to call it. The point is, we went in, and we destroyed their old government. I don't know if we can just pull out and leave them in that hellish, chaotic mess without doing even more damage on the way out. I didn't support the war in Iraq, I still don't, but I do support the people over there giving their lives (obviously!) and I don't know that demanding an end to it will actually make anything better. So I'm wrestling with going.

We'll see. Anyways, I thought people might be interested. I wonder if there will be any that are just intended to pay respects to the fallen without getting into the politics of it, because that I'd be interested in.
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