“Support the Troops” or “Hate the game, not the player”

It seems that one can’t come out criticizing the Iraq war without some right wing nutjob accusing you of not supporting the troops.  You see a lot of Democrats (and even some Republicans) squirming around the issues, trying to not sound like they are ‘anti-troop’ or some such nonsense.  I can’t take credit for this but someone made the analogy of sending children back into a burning school house and then saying, “What?  Don’t you support our children?”

That being said, I think the easiest way to deflect the criticism is simply to say, “Our troops are hard working and brave individuals who are doing their job and following orders to the best of their abilities.  I have the utmost pride and respect for them even though I disagree with the war and do not believe they should be there at all.”

Right now Obama is having his feet held to the fire for saying that the 3000 American casualties are “wasted lives”.  If you hold the premise that the US should never have invaded Iraq and only did it for the ego and advancement of a few powerful maniacs, then I don’t see why that would be a false statement.  Those people didn’t need to die and, considering that things are now worse than they were before, it would have been better if they never had to make that sacrifice.



A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, “We did this ourselves.”

— Lao-Tzu

From a collection of quotes.

Apartment for rent

One bedroom, second floor apartment in Overbrook near St. Laurent mall. A free parking space, easy access to bus route (15-20 minutes to downtown) and plenty of shopping nearby.

It’s the upstairs portion of a split duplex and has a kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. Two private entrances, plenty of storage space, hardwood floors, a balcony for barbecuing and access to an outdoor shed (shared with downstairs tenant.) Fenced backyard ideal for pets.

Gas heat paid by landlord so you just have to pay for electricity and other services like phone and cable. Kitchen comes with fridge and stove.

Approximately 500 square feet:
Kitchen 7’4″ x 13’4″
Bathroom 5″ x 8″
Bedroom – 8″ x 12″
Living room – 9’5″ x 14″

$675 per month, available April 1st, 2007.
contact Kris: kewarken at hotmail dot com, (613)866-7762, (613)221-9448.

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