Neither Vietnam (which really began in 1958) nor Afghanistan is the real longest external war in our history.
What I don't hear either of you talking about is the real duration of our intervention in Iraq--I mean to assert that USA has been in Iraq, on the ground, in the air and on the water, since GHWBush stuck his military phallacy into it in 1991. We have been killing Iraqis since then, all the way through both Clinton, both W and now half of Barack's administrations. That is more than nineteen years.
Madeleine Albright on television, 1998: "The deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children is an acceptable cost of American foreign policy." Economic war is war. Covert ops is war.
More than one million Iraqis dead is the more likely figure, and bugger the DoD's assertions. I think it's hypocrisy to talk about it at all if one forgets the first twelve years of it--and I know you two aren't hypocrites, are you.
Princess Black said:I can see the viewpoint of both Smiley & West and the members of this page that have replied. I am in agreement with a lot of what is being said. The question to me is - have we become desensitized to war or the Commandments? It seems to me that as long as you are under a certain umbrella then the killing is justified and even rewarded. Whichever country or continent one is a citizen of. Of course, war occurred for longer than all of us has lived. As the saying goes, what goes on in the dark will be bought to the light. Therefore, it won't be long until we all know the full truth. Not just the ones the journalists want to present.
Makes sense to me.
Valarie Jacobs said:
To answer the question in regards to "the bodies" would be like answering in the form of a question, is there really a war? I don't know about other states or cities, but in Cleveland, Ohio a soldier who has lost his/her life in this "war" their names, photo, family history, and etc are released. Again, to respond to the question about the "bodies" of "soldiers" and the "Iraqi" people would again be like saying their is a conspiracy in our government. Which by no means be of doubt to a vast majority of American people. However, we as Christians have been told that "we will hear of wars and rumors of wars." For example, Neil Armstrong and the Apollo, how many times has it been said that that particular movement never occurred? Yet and still it was taught, preached, and instilled in our minds and even up to today it is being taught to our children and probably will forever be. I'm not saying that this particular war isn't happening but it is extremely odd for our country to experience the economical hardship we have endured as the most powerful nation of people on the planet. To address the leaks and the death poll of the Iraqi people could it be that we are engaged unknowingly and unwillingly in "legalized genocide"? Movies are made all the time at how powerful political figures and extremely wealthy people falsify documents to cover the truth of what's really going on behind closed doors. And, it is so unfortunate because we do have a large scale of people who can't see beyond what they are told and they are cold hard patriots of this nation. We could hope, cheer, dance, sing, hold rallies, write letters, call state senates, but the truth is that none of this is going to be exposed in it's entire truthicity is revealed by our coming messiya.
My name is Valarie Jacobs also known as Valavender.