Of America, Leaders and Soldiers, Vice and Virtue

“Vice stirs up war, virtue fights.” – Luc de Clapiers

Not so much about politics, or foreign relations, or the virtue and valor of our military men and women, this article (http://theweek.com/articles/555921/george-w-bush-didnt-just-lie-about-iraq-war-what-did-much-worse) speaks to the soul of America, its morality and integrity.

It is harder on George W. Bush, and softer on Dick Cheney et al, than I would be.

But it is a retrospection of America going preemptive-war mode – a have-to-be-right-every-time mode, in which a moral America would have to be right 1,000 out of 1,000 times. We are 0-for-1.

In addition to critically questioning conservatives (and neocons) and Republicans, for any Americans who may have politically left-leaningĀ  inclinations, perhaps we Americans also should ask our Democratic politicians now how prescient was our decision in 2011 to fully leave Iraq and the Mideast.

Memorial Day
A volunteer with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund replaces damaged flags on the Boston Common, ahead of Memorial Day. Photo:The Week, AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

It isn’t rude – rather, it is important, and fitting – that on Memorial Day weekend, when we remember, honor and cherish the courage and sacrifice of those – the virtuous – who have answered the call of duty for our nation, we practice the sacred citizen duty of shining light-of-day information onto the underlying motives and decisions of those to whom we entrust leadership, and of those who lobby, finance and influence them.

Vice starts wars, virtue fights them.
Virtue ends wars.

A sincere, heartfelt thank you to those who have served, and those who do today.

Jerry Guzi

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