Soldier's son expresses anxieties ove...

Soldier's son expresses anxieties over war through song

There are 3 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from May 24, 2009, titled Soldier's son expresses anxieties over war through song. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

At least a couple of times a week, Army Capt. Alfonso Johnson opens his laptop at his base in Afghanistan and plays a rap video - a clip with his young son singing of his fears his father will die in combat.

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Fountain Valley, CA

#1 May 25, 2009
We need to hear more stories like this....!

Long Beach, CA

#2 May 25, 2009
Go Xavier!!! Keep on singin'!!

United States

#3 May 29, 2009
Good story. I hope his father and the sons and daughters serving in Iraq and
Afghanistan come back in one piece to their families soon.

To quote Mark Twain's War Prayer

"It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue...*God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest! Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword!*..."Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord our God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!"...
"O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle -- be Thou near them! With them -- in spirit -- we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it -- for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen..."

This was written by Twain at the time of the Spanish American War.
This rings true today and it is time for us to learn and consider
peace. Our economy is in shambles. The middle east is a cesspool.
There are no winners, only losers...I sincerely hope the best for
all soldiers and an end to the bloodshed...It is time to give
diplomacy a chance.

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