I was watching The Normal Heart last night, and in a eulogy for yet another dead friend, our hero says, "In closing, let me just say I am mad. Yes, I am very mad." That's how I feel about the crazed senselessness of war.
I want to be respectful and honor the service of men and women who died in U.S. wars. I do. But I do not want to celebrate war. I do not want to add to the chest beating, "USA! USA!"
I loathe the 'holiday' atmosphere, the sales, the parties. Can't we mark it simply, in honor of those lost? Solemnly? Do the right thing? Be the kind of people who are worthy of such a sacrifice by so many others of us?