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#85 Apr 7, 2007
Justin: Any country is a threat when they allow terrorists to plan attacks on the United States and train their "soldiers" to harm people ANYWHERE in the world. You are right, we are a "superpower", but that gives us a responsibility to step up when others can't. We may have gone into this war under the guise of finding weapons of mass destruction, but there is another purpose for us to be there. We leave, and terrorists have carte blanche to start playing their "war games" in order to launch more attacks against America and other countries.
#86 Apr 7, 2007
There are many other ways that a SEAL can be depicted without a rifle in hand. Most of the time they go into their jobs armed and try NOT to use a rifle-its loud and gives away position. As a veteran myself I don't doubt his sacrifice or bravery, but I question the arch typical depiction of a soldier carrying a rifle. I'm with the families on this one. Pick a different statue.
#87 Apr 8, 2007
I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, not far from the Minuteman Memorial at the Old North Bridge and only a few miles from the similar Minuteman Memorial located in the Lexington Town Square. Both memorials prominently feature a citizen soldier armed with a very large firearm. Over the years millions of young children on school field trips and visiting with their families have viewed these memorials with no apparent ill effects and no doubt continue to do so. I'm sure any suggestion that these memorials should be modified to remove the weapons from their hands or have them removed from site altogether would be considered extreme and unnecessary. And banning young children from viewing them would likewise be considered an overreaction. The memorial to Danny Dietz is no more offensive or 'violent' than any similar memorials to our war dead that stand in our most public areas. Yes, I know that we live in different times and I've lived a mile from Columbine High School for nearly 30 years. But the problem of violence in our society does not stem from the image or placement of war memorials, or whether or not they are viewed by children or not. Removing the weapon from this statue, moving it to another location or getting rid of it altogether will do nothing to do reduce violence. The protests about this statue are totally misplaced.
Should we ban school field trips to view these violent images? Maybe there are a few that would advocate something like that but I think m
#88 Apr 11, 2007
Well hop on your bicycle and go to the white house and say something about it then asshole. I don't care too much for Bush myself BUT these soldiers are actually over there fighting for that oil for YOUR OWN LAZYNESS!!! They are over there risking their lives so that you can continue to sit on your ass and talk shit about them and your country, well screw you then, you do not belong here in America, if you don't like how it's run move to another country!! I don't agree with all the choices that have been made but we are still alive sitting on our butts here in front of a computer while they are out there famished and dieing and all you can do is sit there and talk crap about them.
On a different subject, I don't think having a memorial with a picture of him holding a gun is bad at all! And I bet that these same parents that are against it let their children watch cartoons and play video games like Grand Theft Auto... I see cartoons with guns in them all the time, take for example, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fud always going after him with a gun trying to blow his head off to make rabbit stew. These parents should be ashamed of themselves for harrassing this mother who just lost her son!
#89 Apr 11, 2007
It's quite easy actually. The troops are following orders given them. Bush led us to war on lies. One can not blame the troops for Bush's actions. One can support them & thank them for doing a job that most do not want to do. It doesn't mean we have to agree with the war.
Most did not agree with the vietnam war either, but it's not like the troops fighting had much of a choice. They were told to fight, they fought, they should have our support. At least we have not started a draft for this war. Thank goodness!
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#90 Jul 28, 2013
Interesting thread and debate. I wonder what was decided about the memorial statue. Was it moved or did it stay?
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