Saturday, September 25, 2004

Wait! You want MY boy?

A lot of people were for 'taking out Saddam'. It was going to be easy we were told. Those hundred+ thousand troops stationed in Kuwait just before the war? Just a scare tactic. They weren't actually going to have to do any fighting. Well, some people are finding that their support for the illegal invasion of Iraq may just have some consequences back home after all:

Carroll Meierer was all for getting rid of Saddam Hussein. "We had to do something," she said.

But 18 months of war and more than 1,000 American fatalities later, the resolution she felt about Hussein has turned to grim resignation about the state of the war.

"We could stay there forever and it wouldn't be any different," she said at the little red fruit stand she runs on the edge of Lexington, about 30 miles east of Kansas City.

Meierer, who grew up in a military family, is losing patience with the war. Her 20-year-old son, Justin, a lance corporal in the Marine Corps, is likely headed to Iraq early next year.

"He's my baby boy and he's my best friend," she said. "I want this war over and I want it over NOW."

I guess everything changes when people are asked to make direct, personal sacrifices. Imagine that...

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