Monday, November 24, 2008

The Least We Can Do


No matter how we feel about the war in Iraq, we should not forget the men and women who are serving there.

The Xerox Corporation has offered to print thank you cards and send them to American soldiers currently serving in Iraq.

All the cards were designed by American school children.

If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a card and it will be sent overseas. You cannot choose who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services. You can either select a pre-written message or write your own.

It is free and only takes a second.

11 comments:

citizen of the world said...

I'm so torn about this. My heart goes out to the people serving and their families, and also to the people of Iraq. And yet, and yet... "Thank you" isn't what I want to say. More like "Wishing you home safely."

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Citizen,

Then say that. I am opposed to this war and to the president who started it, but I don't think these brave people should be forgotten when far too many of them have already not come home safely.

They are presently living wretched and uncertain existences while the rest of us are concerned with finding the perfect Christmas gifts.

I don't mean to sound preachy, but they are all people's children, and I cannot imagine having any of mine on the front lines.

thailandchani said...

I agree with you. Even in my position as a cultural dissident and someone who is against the war in the strongest way, I think it's important to acknowledge those serving. Most of them are not there because they feel gung ho about the war. They are there because they couldn't find jobs or make it in their communities due to the economy or other social issues.

They deserve our kindness.


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Odat said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm going to email to all my friends! I think it's a great idea......The soldiers need to know we're thinking of them...regardless, as you say, what we think about the war....let's put that aside and give them something that may put a smile on their face....I'm sure they need one!
Peace

Cecilieaux said...

Response coming on my blog .. and I owe you one for Christmas. Please take my response in the right way. I like you.

citizen of the world said...

I'm not disgareeing with the idea of sending a card, just talking about my very torn feelings about teh whole enterprise.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Chani,

I think that many of our service people are there out of real patriotism, not because they have no other options.

And again, while I personally abhor this war, I feel that these young people who are trying to make a better world in the only way they know how should be supported.

This should not be interpreted by anyone as support for George Bush and his wicked agenda.

Odat,

I cannot even imagine being in their situation, or that of their families.

We all remember how reviled the Vietnam veterans were when they returned, and I hate to see another generation of young people treated so badly no matter what we think of the Commander in Chief.

Cecil,

I'll be interested to read both your posts. I don't expect my friends to agree with me all the time-- it would be unutterably boring.

What's like got to do with it, do with it? :)

Citizen,

I know. I share those conflicted feelings but am choosing to not throw out the babies with the bathwater.

While being appalled and disgusted by Bush's tactics, I am focusing on the humanity of the young people he duped by appealing to their patriotism. They should not be abandoned even as we count the days until the new regime begins.

The CEO said...

I'd like to repost this if it's OK with you. Thanks.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Monty,

Of course. The more people join in, the better.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

On my way to go do this now. Thank you for the lead.

I agree with you completely; the Commander in Chief may be the worst president this nation has ever seen, but that is utterly irrelevant when it comes to supporting and remembering our men and women who are serving their nation.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Scarlett,

I'm glad you agree. I don't see it as supporting a war I don't believe in or the schmuck who started it, but as not throwing out babies with bathwater.