Why are we a nation “exhausted from war”?
Every time I turned on the TV last week, I heard how Americans are exhausted from a decade of war. What on earth are they exhausted from? I understand that military families are tired of the multiple deployments. I understand that any military family has got to be sick of war and especially tired of everything “middle east.”
Give me a break. Military families have absorbed the entire burden of war with little or no involvement of the American people. The general population has not had to inconvenience themselves one iota over our decade long wars. Any exhaustion the American people feel from war has to be from having a guilty conscience.
What sacrifices have the typical American family had to make because we were a nation at war? Have we had to give up goods and services and products? have we been asked to take heroic measures or grow victory gardens? Had anything been rationed? Have our sons and daughters been called up? Have we had to bury our spouses, siblings, sons, or daughters or parents?
Families of our military personnel have given up a great deal. Their loved ones have endured multiple deployments. Parents have lost sons and daughters, Wives have lost husbands and husbands have lost wives. Children have lost parents. Those kinds of loses rarely touch the average American. They are devastating to the families. However for those of us who have been personally unaffected by the war, perhaps we have a real nerve saying we are ‘exhausted’ from the wars.
On that note, 100 troops are returning from Afghanistan tonight. From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
About 100 soldiers based at Fort Eustis are returning to Virginia following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The soldiers are from the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company. They’re scheduled to be back at Fort Eustis tonight.
While deployed, the company was responsible for conducting duties as a convoy escort team.
During the deployment, three of the company’s soldiers were killed in the line of duty. Sgt. Caryn Nouv and Staff Sgt. Eric T. Lawson were killed in July when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. Staff Sgt. Justin R. Johnson was killed in June at the entry control point of Bagram Air Base when he was struck by indirect fire.
The troops families will be there to greet them. How many of us will be out there? How many average Americans will take their time to greet the returning troops? More to the point, how many of us even knew.