I have read your letter and added my comments – I hope you make it home with a change of heart. I admit that I wonder if you actually exist or if this letter is really just propaganda cooked up by war profiteers to generate support for their wars. In either case, I felt compelled to reply because my estranged daughter passed it along to me, and I want her to know exactly how I feel. If you want to read some truth from people who served or are serving now, visit: http://optruth.org
> THE MARINE
> We all came together,
> Both young and old
> To fight for OUR freedom,
> To stand and be bold.
Our freedom to do what? Consume Corporate Culture? How is murdering 25,000 innocent civilians in a country on the other side of the world going to make me free? In fact, this murderous rampage has saddled me with a deep sense of shame. WE did NOT all come together – MILLIONS OF US SAID NOT IN OUR NAME.
> In the midst of all evil,
> We stand our ground,
> And we protect our country
> From all terror around.
Are you kidding? You are not standing on OUR ground, you are standing on another nations ground. Actually, many of you are hiding inside heavily fortified “temporary” bases from the inhabitants of that nation who want you to leave – now. Since you are there and not here, you are in fact NOT HERE to protect us.
> Peace and not war,
> Is what some people say.
> But I’ll give my life,
> So you can live the American way.
Yep, I am with the Peace not war group. Definitely.
And once again I tell you NOT IN MY NAME.
> I give you the right
> To talk of your peace.
> To stand in your groups,
> and protest in our streets.
This is a big lie – it is not the government’s soldiers that win freedom. It is the protestors rising up against corrupt government that wins freedom from said corrupt government. Think about it.
> But still I fight on,
> I don’t bitch, I don’t whine.
> I’m just one of the people
> Who is doing your time.
This whole thing is you whining and bitching. You are NOT just one of the people anymore. When you volunteered for the military you became PROPERTY of the US Government. GI stands for Government Issue. You are doing YOUR time, and you volunteered.
> I’m harder than nails,
> Stronger than any machine.
> I’m the immortal soldier,
> I’m a U.S. MARINE!
No, you are a human being and wealthy businessmen are making a fortune off of your ignorance. While your families live in substandard housing and qualify for food stamps the wealthy are having a good time and laughing their ass off at your foolishness.
> So stand in my shoes,
> And leave from your home.
> Fight for the people who hate you,
> With the protests they’ve shown.
I did two years in the US Army. I am sad I cannot encourage my children to serve today, but I cannot. I don’t hate you – I hate what you are doing. I pity you for mindless following of clever people “In the Name of God” to kill, maim, and destroy. I do not hate you – I hate what you are doing, and I want the world to know you are not doing it with my blessing. I want you to know very clearly that I OBJECT. Please DON’T GO. If that feels hateful to you I am all the more saddened.
> Fight for the stranger,
> Fight for the young.
> So they all may have,
> The greatest freedom you’ve won.
Again, protestors are the people who won YOUR freedom, not government soldiers. Corrupt religious extremists are taking it away, and you are going along with it.
> Fight for the sick,
> Fight for the poor.
> Fight for the cripple,
> Who lives next door.
I wish the troops were here to watch over us! The troops are far away from home though and it would take months to get them home if someone decided to invade the U.S.! Think about it.
> But when your time comes,
> Do what I’ve done.
> For if you stand up for freedom,
> You’ll stand when the fight’s done.
Again, NOT IN MY NAME.
> By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US Marine Corps
> USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF
> March 23, 2003
> Hey Dad,
> Do me a favor and label this “The Marine” and send
> it to everybody on your
> email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want
> this rolling all over the
> US; I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing
> it. And every heart to
> feel it. So can you please send this for me? I
> would but my email time
> isn’t that long and I don’t have much time anyway.
> You know what Dad? I
> wondered what it would be like to truly understand
> what JFK said in His
> inaugural speech.
Did you know JFK was a democrat? Have you heard what his LIVING brother has to say about this war? His brother is a US Senator named Ed. You should look him up and see what he has to say.
> “When the time comes to lay down my life for my
> country, I do not cower
> from this responsibility. I welcome it.”
> Well, now I know.
This implies that maybe I have not – how about when I take my bike instead of a car to reduce my consumption? Considering the fact that more pedestrians are killed every year than died on 9/11, wouldn’t you agree I am taking a very real risk?
>And I do. Dad, I welcome the
> opportunity to do what I
> do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife,
> and I will miss the
> birth of our first born child, I would do it 70
> times over to fight for
What a ruse! You volunteered! Quit whining! I feel so sorry for your wife.
> the place that God has made for my home.
This is alarming – are you by chance on a CRUSADE?
> I love you
> all and I miss you
> very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has
> our baby, but tell her
You could have been. You volunteered not to be.
> that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming
It has nothing to do with the lord – bullets and bombs kill people, it is that simple.
> home soon. Give Mom a
> great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.
> If this touched you as much as it touched me, please
> forward it on. Let’s
> help Aaron’s dad spread the word .. FREEDOM isn’t
> FREE . . . someone pays
> for you and me.
When GW Bush dressed up in a flight suit and put on his ‘Mission Accomplished’ show it was because HIS mission was accomplished, which was to engage this country in war in order to ramp up the war economy. Now every family that wants one can have an SUV, the economy is improving. And the cost has been tens of thousands of innocent lives. Enjoy your government sponsored SUV.
The MISSION of the PEACE TRAIN to DC is to deliver a message of PEACE THROUGH CONSERVATION to the WORLD.
The MISSION of the Drive 55 Conservation Project is to reduce petroleum consumption by 20%-50%.
Average BTU consumed Per Passenger mile by mode of travel:
Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
According to a 2004 Transportation Research Board report, public transportation:
* Reduces CO2 emissions by more than 7.4 million tons per year in the U.S.
* Produces 95% less CO, at least 92% fewer VOCs, and nearly half as much CO2 and NOx for every passenger mile traveled than private vehicles
Jet Fuel 3000+ ppm Sulfur
Off-road diesel 500+ ppm Sulfur
Regular on-road diesel 15-500 ppm Sulfur
Ultra Low Sulfur diesel less than 15 ppm Sulfur