Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Question: Why on earth did the phone-in have to divide people by their politics? Being a Brit, this is completely alien to me and would never have been done in the UK. It sets the tone of the whole discussion and invites division and encourages the extremists on both sides of the polarised coin. Both caller no.3 and 4, demonstrate this. Bad, bad CSpan. Ethics has nothing to do with your politics, or should not.
Saturday, 10 November 2012
by Aidan Delgado
Yet these days, Veterans Day often makes me sad. It seems that this holiday in particular almost can't help becoming politicized, particularly in the midst of a controversial war. This is a holiday about celebrating the end of war; I don't want to see it become something like a "Support the Troops" bumper-sticker. I want people to look at all the tremendous sacrifices made by veterans and draw the right lesson from them: that war is terrible and we must do everything we can to prevent it. In honoring the warrior, we should take care not to honor war in itself. Remember that beneath the memorials to individual soldiers, the laurels for their courage, there is a subtle message to the younger generation: you should grow up and become soldiers too. I don't think that's the message that should be sent on Veteran's Day. This should be a holiday about remembering the price of peace, for no soldier joins to perpetuate war. All veterans served and fought in the expectation of eventually regaining the peace, and enjoying a measure of it themselves. If we want to truly thank veterans, then we should not only honor them as individuals but honor the thing they fought and died for: the return to a peaceful society. We should remember that Veterans Day was once Armistice Day.