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May 30, 2005

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I love that poem.

It says it all.

Thanks, DemFromCT.

There are, of course, many ways to honor the dead and keep the faith. Bringing their comrades home is one way. Making sure we understand how it happened is another.

John McCrae was a Canadian physician who described the scene as he saw it that morning in May of 1915, having just buried one of his former students at Ypres.

"I wish I could embody on paper some of the varied sensations of that seventeen days... Seventeen days of Hades! At the end of the first day if anyone had told us we had to spend seventeen days there, we would have folded our hands and said it could not have been done."

Click the link to read more.

a tribute of a different sort from the editorial board of the minneapolis star tribune:.

In exchange for our uniformed young people's willingness to offer the gift of their lives, civilian Americans owe them something important: It is our duty to ensure that they never are called to make that sacrifice unless it is truly necessary for the security of the country. In the case of Iraq, the American public has failed them; we did not prevent the Bush administration from spending their blood in an unnecessary war based on contrived concerns about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

President Bush and those around him lied, and the rest of us let them.

link courtesy of daily kos diarist seesdifferent.

WW I left us enough poetry for all the wars ... but we keep repeating the exercise -- to see if soemthing new will turn up, I suppose.

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