In my opinion it does not matter which side of the war in Iraq you are on – defacing a national memorial as a form of protest is just wrong. Despicable. Immoral. Contemptible. Reprehensible.
Well, you get the idea.
How would we react if this had been the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials? The war memorials are not there to “celebrate” the specific conflict – they are there to honor those that gave their lives. Not to honor their service – but their LIVES – they died. The ultimate sacrifice. Sorry, getting a bit worked up over this one.
I have a strong connection to the military – I grew up as a military brat (dad did approx 30 years of service in the USAF, including tours in Vietnam) and I was in the USAF for 7 years. I decided it was not the life for me and left the service over 15 years ago.
I do not agree with the current course that the Bush administration set the country on when we went into Iraq. But I respect and honor those that gave their all.