Monday, November 17, 2008

We Are Not Toys

The Iraq Veterans Against the War recently staged Operation W.A.N.T. (We Are Not Toys). The demonstration was a peaceful attention-grabber. The veterans infiltrated an unidentified gas station and deployed a battalion of 4171 toy soldiers, together with a sign reading, "Price of Gas: 4171 U.S. Soldiers." (If video doesn't show, click here):

I see the protest as a somber response to a public that does not acknowledge the consequences of the American lifestyle and a president who has often seemed like a spoiled child-commander for toy soldiers.

We are not toys. Our soldiers are not toys. Iraqis are not toys. Look at this heart-rending picture. We need to see these consequences.

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1 comment:

Trung said...

soldiers are definitely not toys. it's sad how this country turns its back on its soldiers after they have served; ie, lack of benefits for injured soldiers. the other day, i was taking the off ramp and saw a couple of signs from veterans reading "please help, i am a veteran." so that's how the united states government rewards its soldiers? by ignoring them and sweeping them under the proverbial rug. democracy now reported today that a government study confirms that "gulf war" syndrome is a legitimate condition. here's the link if you are interested in reading it: