From the time we are born, we are rarely given an opportunity to search for who we are. Through no fault of our parents and adult friends, we are herded into certain ways of thinking and acting. In nations, cultures, and families where there is a deep religious adherence, this formulaic upbringing is most intense. There are strict pathways to be led down. There are rules and regulations that are taught as universal truths, even though they may not be. We are not encouraged to ask who we are as individuals, as unique creations. We are programmed and never stop to ask ourselves who we are, who is this who now senses this moment, sees that tree, hears that bird, feels that breeze...each of it in the way that only we, as a unique entity, can experience it. Stop! Take a look and feel at who we are...who you are.
Being a loyal American, I believe it is important for our democracy to have important issues receive a balanced consideration. The U.S. media thrives on war photos and coverage. It is presented as though there is no alternative to the "necessary" war we may be currently waging. There is rarely a peace alternative offered. Any hint of a peace alternative is greeted by cries of "traitor" by lots of non-combatants. Picture, if you will, Rush Limbaugh marching, rifle over his shoulder, in an army uniform. Please note in the quotes below those especially of U.S. Army generals.
With the decision on the strategy and objectives in Afghanistan to be presented by the Obama administration soon, there can be one thing for certain: he will be criticized no matter what decision he makes. He inherited a mess in Afghanistan. To complicate matters, he is receiving mixed signals from leaders who have some experience and understanding of the great importance of his decisions.
Sitting alone in a rehab center is a military veteran. It is not pertinent to know his/her political perspective. Age, gender, color, ethnicity, religion have little bearing on how or why he/she needs you.