"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages" -Thomas A. Edison

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Cindy Sheehan has managed to pull me out of my cocoon. I feel obligated to share my conflicts and questions regarding this president and his decisions.

I am traveling to Crawford, Texas in a few days to support Cindy's efforts to get some answers from Mr. Bush. He is a person whose actions have resulted in the death of her son and thousands of others. If Mr. Bush can rationally explain why her son had to die, the movement will be quelled. If he can't explain his actions, then......what? Will his stonewalling, keep us in Crawford till the next election? I hope to answer this question with my journey.

Last night, we participated in a vigil in Ocean Beach, California. Hundreds of people, silently, peacefully and...toward the end, musically expressed heartfelt appreciation of Ms. Sheehan and condolences for the loss of Casey. She will live with this tragedy for the rest of her life. May none of us have to endure that horrific pain. May we all learn that is was not for personal fortune or greed. I'm scared, however,.......amid all this outpouring for answers tonight(1600+ vigils), our so-called President, went fishing ....................

This journey is a collective effort. The participants include Gladys and Gilbert Palast. They are special friends who have encouraged, inspired and helped me make this journey.


Blogger t o-s said...

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
--Margaret Mead
We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
--Margaret Mead

2:19 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Thank you T O-S

10:55 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

The MM quote is now at the top of the blog. Thank you 10,000 times. So wise and timely.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Elliot Altshuler said...


He was a really cute little guy.Inquisitive and mischeivious as all little boys must be.He was involved with his other siblings in establishing his place in the family.And then it was the first day of Kindergarten and his mother and I left him at school,with lumps in our throats, knowing this was to be his first step on lifes journey.

And then there was nursing him through childhood illnesses and the the traumas of Elementary School,Middle School and High School.And comforting him through his first broken heart when his first teen-age romance broke up!

And then it was sweating out his SAT scores and his final admission to college. The day he left for college his Mom and I knew he would never be home again, except for the Holiday visits. That he would graduate from college and start his adult life in a job away from home.

He made a choice to take a commission in the United States Army and serve his country, as corny as that may sound to many in this day and age.And after a few years he became a junior officer and leader of a company of men whose welfare he was devoted to and whose respect was well earned and admired.

Now he was 22 years old with his whole life ahead of him except the government that he was devoted to and proud to serve put him in harms way and a snipers bullet in a foreign land ended his dreams and the dreams of his family.

A soldier was killed in Iraq today and his entire life became just a statistic by which the military measures the success or failure of its mission,without ever explaining to his parents the reason he was asked to make this sacrifice in the first place.They only want to know from their government why their son had to die.

Or was he to be just another young american soldier who died for a lie?

Elliot Altshuler


5:56 PM  
Blogger Elliot Altshuler said...


When a young person decides to serve in the military in defence of his country and is willing to sacrifice his life to defend it,it should not be considered a “‘suicide pact”!!.

His country has an obligation to provide him with the best equipment and the best training and the solemn obligation not to place him in harms without first exercising all other options.

His country also has an obligation to his family should he make the supreme sacrifice and to provide the finest medical care should he be wounded or crippled.It has the obligation to provide continuing care as long as it is needed after being discharged from the service at state of the art Veterans Hospitals.

A contract has two sides to be binding and legal If one volunteers to defend his country the government to whom he makes this pledge and to whom he is ready to give his life has the obligation to perform all its duties under this contract and not weasel out because of budget restraints in providing the training,the equipment ,the medical care and its obligation to try all avenues of diplomacy before putting him in harms way .

If service to our country is no more than a “suicide pact”we would be taking a page out of the “insurgents book” and we might just as well issue “suicide vests” to our soldiers and save all the money we spend on “guns and planes”! We just do a body count on how many of our soldiers we waste and send a nice check home to their families.

Of course that would be an easy way to determine “THE LAST MAN WHO DIED FOR A LIE!!

Elliot Altshuler


5:59 PM  

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