Veterans’ Day

Today is Veterans’ Day, and, to be honest, I don’t know what to say about it. I definitely want to thank the men and women who voluntarily place their lives on the line for a cause greater than themselves. That’s more than I do, since you don’t see me in Iraq!

But I must note how damaging war is. I was watching CBS News, and it was profiling a group of American military women, who helped kill Iraqis (even though women technically aren’t allowed in combat situations). One of them contemplated suicide after she returned home.

War is no joke. Soldiers lose body parts. They lose their friends. They’re away from their family and friends for a long period of time. Many of them suffer an immense amount of depression when they return home. I hope that the current Iraq War turns out to be worth all that.

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to Veterans’ Day

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Iraq War isn’t worth it, just as Vietnam wasn’t worth it. Both are insane little wars that wasted thousands of lives and caused nothing but pain and misery for all involved. For what? To keep us safe? From whom? The Iraqis? The North Vietnamese?

    Paul Ray

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  2. James Pate says:

    Vietnam was also a waste because we lost.

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