I am by no means, Un-American. I have, at times, joked about being on a “black list” of sorts, in some aspect of the government, because I like to speak up about things. However, I am anti-war. I am pro-peace. I cringe whenever someone that I know enlists in the military. I fear for those parents whose children have gone off to war. I dread seeing civilian casualties in the name of a cause.
I am not, un-American.
I remember when the war in Iraq first began; how many years ago was that? It seems like forever ago. Seven years ago, I remember hearing about a young person being in a shopping mall, with a tee shirt on with a peace sign, JUST a peace sign. The person was basically harassed by mall security, and eventually taken into custody. For wearing a peace sign, for believing in peace.
I believe that I have a pretty clear understanding of why the emotions run so deeply about this war. I am not immune to those strong feelings. I know that people believe in a cause, or believe in America for calling us to action no matter what the consequences. I do have admiration for those that are willing to do whatever it takes for their country. But, at the same time, I fiercely believe in peace, if that makes any sense. I hate to see innocent young beings killed in the name of war. I hate that some of those young people that are killed aren’t really sure they should be where they are. Who’s lives have barely begun before they are lost. That saddens me so deeply.
I have peace signs all over my car, I wear tee shirts frequently, yet have often thought that by showing that symbol openly I am appearing to not be supportive of the United States, of my country and those that defend it. Nothing could be further from the truth. I support our troops, especially when they return and need so much emotional support, even when they believe that they don’t. We fly our American flag proudly on our home, not just today, but every day. We pay respect to any soldiers or veterans that we come across. Every day.
However, I believe that being an advocate for peace, and supporting our troops and our country, CAN co-exist. Just like so many issues that divide persons today, I know that this issue surely does. But, aren’t we the UNITED states of America? Let us find those things that unite us rather than divide us. Let us work together instead of opposed. I believe in peace, AND I am American. And, that works for me……
In remembrance and peace, on this day and everyday……..