Monday, September 22, 2008

Steve Almond Does Not Support Our Troops

In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on September 18, 2008, writer Steve Almond said the following:

I have an ugly confession to make: I don't support the troops - at least not unconditionally. When somebody tells me they serve in the military, my first impulse isn't to say, "Thank you for your service!" like those insufferable chickenhawks on talk radio.

My first impulse is to say, "I'm sorry to hear that." Because I am. I'm sorry to know that the person I'm talking to might someday be maimed or killed on the job, or might someday kill someone else. Or refuel a plane that drops bombs on buildings.

I can't see how anyone who calls himself or herself Christian - or human, for that matter - wouldn't be sorry.

I'm allergic to almonds. They make me sick to my stomach. Literally and now figuratively.

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