Dear Senator Kerry:
I consider myself a reasonable person (capable of reasoning). I know that it has been said that us ‘regular’ folks may have trouble gleaning the full meaning of your words as you are so much more nuanced than we are. As I watched your speech to the VFW, I realized that this may be true-- as I found myself searching for clarity in many of your statements…maybe you could help to clear a few things up.
First, I was surprised that you chose to speak in front of this group as you once referred to them as a “parliamentary, pro-war organization that is out of touch with young soldiers”, but we’ll put that aside for now.
You spent much of the beginning of your speech heralding the idea of supporting troops that are returning from war –giving them the respect they deserve. I believe your exact words were, “It is a sacred promise that we keep faith with those who have served.” Later in the speech you also said that in
Ok, I have to admit that there were parts of the speech that I didn’t get to hear (due to the constant yells and hecklers in the background –but I am sure I misunderstood and they were hollers of support from the vets because so many that I have met admire you so much). So, I apologize if I am leaving out key elements that already answered some of my questions.
You went on (astutely acting as if you didn’t hear the yells) to talk about veterans benefits—what Bush hasn’t done and what you would do…because, ya know, you have been known to do right by the vets. You said that it is “our duty to protect those that have risked their lives” which I agree with wholeheartedly. Unfortunately for you, so does President Bush. A military publication that I stumbled upon stated that in 2002 our troops were given the largest pay increase in twenty years (that’s how long you’ve been a Senator right?). The increase was an average of 6.8% which was higher than both inflation and the average 4.1% given in the private sector. 2002 also boasted the largest housing increase in 10 years. The President has also given the highest allowance for amputee patient care and research for new prosthetics. You stated that we need to “keep faith with vets” and note that thousands drop out of the system each year…um, Senator Kerry…I think that I heard somewhere that 1,400 WWII vets are dying each day –maybe it’s just me, but might that explain the people that are ‘dropping out of the system’? Just a thought.
You stayed away from the ‘inventing weapons that don’t kill thing’ (which was good as I think the number of Trekkies in that crowd was probably low) and you didn’t bring up the ‘sensitive war’ thing…but you did say that you would “never send [soldiers] into battle without a plan to win the peace”….Don’t kill, sensitive, peace….may I be so bold as to say that in a time of an increased incidence of the sacred Muslim practice of be-headings these words may not inspire the soldiers or comfort the folks…maybe it’s just me…wait, to be fair, you did go on to say that “there is a right and wrong way to be strong and it’s more than just tough words”…Hmmm. The President may have already coined this phrase when he decided to back up the ‘tough words’ of UN resolution 1441 with action…your party is anti-war so you may want to ush-hay on the ar-way…
You say that you will “wage war with the lessons that you learned in war”…if this means that you will cut off heads, ears, and that you will put radio wires on genitals, kill babies and burn down villages (which are the only things I’ve heard you say about your four month tour) we might have a small problem with the NYT. They ran 49 front page stories an Abu Gareab –so though you may get a bit more of the Republican vote –you’ll probably loose your base. You say that you will add $40,000 new troops, double the Army’s special forces and end stop-loss all while you strengthen homeland security –oh, and while getting rid of the deficit. Impressive –is this in conjunction with more funding for ‘No child left behind’ (the highest funded education program ever), providing college education and health care for all and personally checking all cargo ships yourself?). Cool. You said that we shouldn’t politicize the war, but then you said that “90% of the coffins returning are draped with the American flag.” Maybe I am wrong, but I believe that it was higher than 90% in the first Gulf War with the coalition you keep reminiscing about.
I won’t go into your speech on the importance of intelligence because I can look up your Senate record (or lack thereof) to clarify this for me. Lastly though I did want to talk a bit more about the ‘lack of allies’ we have in this coalition. Now we all know why
“Whoever says that Islam is free from terrorism or
wants to differentiate between Islam and terrorism is committing Al Juhoud (sin) and that is Kufr Akbar (enemy) – and will take them out of the fold of Islam.
The one who says ‘we should fight against terrorism’, he is fighting against Islam. We know very well that USA meant no one else by the term ‘terrorists’ but Islam and Muslims and the one who wants to avoid terrorism, is avoiding Islam.
Whosoever denies that terrorism is part of Islam, he is kafir (dirty/unholy).
Voting for Democracy is pure baatil (falsehood) and has no place in Islam; unfortunately some so called Muslim organizations have been duped by the fancy packaging of democratic elections, and even rally behind kuffar (disbelievers in Allah and Islam) propagating this FALSE system. Organizations such as MCB (Mushrik Council of
http://www.muhajiroun.com/ (I can not guarantee that you will not be put on a terror-watch list for going to this site –after reading it I would hope that it is being watched).
ALa71 –American, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend and Concerned Citizen.