Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Just a thought...

I am a United States Marine.

When I heard about the 14 Marines killed by a IED recently, I was grief stricken and angry. I was an Infantry officer for 4 years. Grunts are my unspoken brothers, on top of the strong bond we share as fellow Marines.

In my grief and genuine heartache over their sudden and untimely deaths, do I not also have a clear and unassailable moral mandate to speak about the war in Iraq? Does my viewpoint then not also carry very nearly the same emotional, political and personal weight as Cindy Sheehan?

I've read on many blogs that those critical of Sheehan should understand her grief, shut up, and leave her alone.

Tell ya what. I'll shut up just as soon as she does. Fair enough?