August 02, 2005

A Room Full of Camo

I'm at DFW, waiting for the plane ride home after a day-long workshop in Irving, Texas. Just passed through something I've never seen before: an entire section of the terminal filled with soldiers shipping out to Iraq. Desert camo as far as the eye could see. Hundreds of them, sitting and lying on the carpet while waiting to leave. There was barely space for a path for civilians to pass through. A few had family with them. One guy sitting with a baby on his knee. Everyone quiet. Most in their 20s with a whole life ahead of them. Maybe.

The woman at the ticket counter says it's like this every day. Hundreds of men in camouflage, unnaturally quiet, filling every seat and every patch of floor.

Damn this unnecessary war.

Damn the lying chimp who started it.



At 2:56 PM, Laura Moncur said...

Amen, Bernie.

At 2:33 PM, Lesley said...

Hear, hear.

At 12:50 PM, Tamara said...

That's a very visual and sad site. I can picture totally that scene in the airport. Hope all is well. I've moved up to LA. teaching here. Life is good, though hectic :)

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous said...

It me seem to be a dam war to you but it is a nessecary evil. Have we for gotten what happen not to long ago to over 3 thousand people in NY. Or what about in the early 90s when the first boom went off in the towers. It was still linked to the mid east and to those that wish use harm.If it was not for these men a women in uniform willing to put ther lifes at stakes for the likes of the weak this country would be over run by now with these people that wish use harm, It is better to keep the fighting afar then here at home, that is where it would be by now if it was not for our troops and President. Lets just hope that the next presidnet will have the corage to keep on the offensive and not a deffensive mode like our president from the 90s that cut our military budget and security funds that could have preventive this from happining in the first place but was worried about his ratings more then the country.

Ex. Solder J Malone


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