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http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102205Z.shtml

An important critique of the Bush administration and America itself for not doing more in its hollow pledge to “support the troops.” The actions of today’s generation, when viewed through the prism of WWII’s victory gardens and gasoline rationing, are downright gluttonous. You can’t run a war like this without asking for sacrifice. Something’s gotta give.

A veteran with Iraq Veterans Against the War recently commented that after the guys return home and realize that on the home front Americans barely cared about the war, that here patriotism is an empty gesture because no one sacrifices anything, they will become angry.

To this day, some 38 years later, when I hear someone on the radio discuss the World Series in 1967, or some similar remark about 1967, I cringe. That was the year I was fighting in Vietnam. That was the year thousands of young Americans were dying and losing limbs and their minds for, supposedly, their country. But our country was excited about the World Series, and…. If a war is important enough for soldiers to be maimed and to die for, it is important enough for all Americans to sacrifice something. Something!

The World Series of baseball should have been cancelled in 1967, as it should be cancelled today, because America has young men fighting in a war.

But Americans are barely paying attention and would refuse to give substance to their patriotism, a clear indication this is not a war for the defense of America.

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