Thursday, May 18, 2006

Be All That You Can Be. Or not.

So I am spending the evening printing out donation request letters for my fundraiser and packaging seeds for my kids to give out with their school at the parade this weekend. The seed packets have "Join us in Planting the Seeds of PEACE for the Future" printed on them and the girls are busy drawing away on them. I check my email and I recieved an ironic and startling message... My friend Glenn, who had already shocked me by joining the Army after leaving Sonoma County announced his deployment date today and I am completely horrified. He leaves for Iraq as an engineer with the Army in the fall where he will be helping to build Iraqi police stations.

I don't get it. This is the same young guy who lived in town a few years ago and attended an anti-war march with me when the US first attacked Iraq. He stood on the sidewalk cheering for me and held on safely to my camera as I was arrested for blocking an intersection with about 50 other people. I feel sick to my stomach...

I know through my limited work with military counseling and counter-recruitment that people join for various reasons. I understand that people are persuaded by various recruitment tactics and joining the military may be an enticing option to what one's day to day life may consist of. I understand the loyalty that people have to their countries. What I don't understand is how people in such a privileged nation such as mine, can become so desensitized that contributing to an illegal and brutal war and killing people is just another "job."

I wish I could make him stay...

4 comments:

lifejacquet said...

I would be curious what caused him to make these decisions. Can you ask him?

Jacquie

kate said...

Oh Glenn. That is just too weird. What a dumbass.

KozoArt said...

I think I might understand. It is like the tide pulling a person out to sea...or maybe he is just curious...whatever...if you are right in what you believe to be true, Glenn will return with even higher consciousness than the first time he cheered your protest.
give him room. there is no need to jeer with name calling. it IS sad, but each of us must find our own path.

kate said...

Yeah. I still think Glenn's a dumbass. I know him. . . I can call him that. I still love the little bugger. We've all been dumbasses at some point in our lives. It's what we have to go through in order to achieve smart-ass status.