The “DS” Generation

From the college aged standpoint, the war has always seemed clear. It’s wrong, and we should pull out now. crying soldierWe should never have gone in in the first place. From the pundit and politicrat point of view the amount of spin available to create reasons for war seem pointless and disoriented to us, the “Do Something” or DS generation as DoSomething.org titles the current generation. Poll after poll shows that young people will (or would if they were of age) vote to pull the US out of Iraq as quickly as possible, and end the War of Terror with no purpose and no enemy.

The hidden costs of the war seem equally as clear- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), over 4,000 dead and 30,000 injured, the disruption of economic stability at home and perpetuated state of fear that causes breaks in community and social welfare disruptive to the peace of our daily lives, a lack of funding for school scholarships and entrepreneurial pursuits, etc…

President Bush

The DoSomething.org poll shows that over half of young people believe we should pull out of Iraq as soon as possible, for whatever reason, before the cost becomes unmanageable for future generations.

We’re talking here about not just the physical, but intense psychological cost on all of us— soldiers, civilians, teenagers, college students, Iraqis and Americans and Afghanis— of having lived under a violent struggle between a values-driven campaign for dominance and decline democratic state, and the pursuit of autonomous and religious freedom abroad. President Bush responded to the rising death toll that “the war’s outcome will merit the sacrifice.” Yet whose sacrifice?

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~ by 1womanarmy on April 1, 2008.

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