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#1    Bizarro

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 03:11 PM

                                                  i hope everyone who believes in God prays for all the people affected by this war that is about to begin.  this war scares me much more than i thought it would.  things are so precarious and one mistake or evil action could lead to horrible things.  there are a lot of risks to innocent people and i hope they find shelter from what is coming.  ill be praying a lot and hoping that God leads us all to a better day.                                                  

if there was a meteor,
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at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 06:20 PM

                                                  Well, if you think it'll help...

Aside from the obvious, its gonna be very interesting to see what we find when we're in Iraq and in charge.  If our forces should find stockpiled quantities of WMDs, then Hans Blix et.al are going to look very dumb indeed.  If we dont...

Then again, if Saddam has access to such weapons, he's probably going to use them in what might be the most effective way from his point of view: on Isreal, to draw the Isrealis into the conflict and cause a massive escalation - perhaps deliver some strategically placed middle eastern nations into the hands of radical islamists.  It's what he tried to do twelve years ago - to split the coalition, strip away arab support for his enemies and make victory impossible for the allies.  Certainly, there is all the potential for this thing to turn into an ugly, bloody regional war, which perhaps is what a lot of rabid fundamentalists on both sides would like to see.  It difficult to say what might happen.  Trouble is, hindsight only works in one direction.

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 07:12 PM

                                                  Shack,
If the occupation forces find weapons of mass destruction, it wonít be Blix who will look dumb, but the U.N. Security Council. But about those weapons, and the possible devastation that is about to take place, perhaps a prayer is all we non-decision making, non-military types can do.
                                                  

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 07:57 PM

                                                  I definately agree that prayer is the best thing for us.
Its a very scary time, a little more scarier to me than the Gulf War but then I was only in 7th grade at that time.
Now I have loved ones over there and its a little closer to home.                                                  

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 09:15 PM

                                                  Its the ordinary people of Iraq that I feel sorry for, they didn't ask for whats about to take place, they have been under the tyrannical rule of Saddam for so long, if the war could be fought with minimal civilian casulties then perhaps people will support the action but I don't think this will be the case. It will be these people who will pay the price and Saddam will probably be in an underground bunker.
I DO support action as far as getting this evil dictator out of power though.

I'm also worried because I have a few relatives over in Kuwait at the moment including a seventeen year old cousin.                                                      


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Posted 19 March 2003 - 04:49 AM

                                                  I also know quite a few people in Kuwait, including my husband. I'm terrified of what may  happen in the coming weeks.  But then again, I always seem to imagine the worst.  I'm still kind of new to the military wife situation.  So basically, all I do is pray, and watch the news while I bite my fingernails until there's nothing left but nubs.   unsure.gif                                                  


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Posted 19 March 2003 - 05:19 AM

                                                  {{{HUGS}}} Curious  sad.gif

This will indeed be an anxious, frightening time for many people. The important thing for you to do would be to find comfort and reassurance from others. Do you live on or close to a base? Try to seek out other military wives and plan activities and get involved with support groups. Don't try to handle the stress alone, it can be very debilitating. Always remember, friends and family are a great source of emotional support during tough times, don't be afraid to rely on them.

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 05:51 AM

                                                  I hope Korea doesn't get involved in this because things could get really serious. ie world war                                                  

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 09:05 PM

                                                  Thanks for the hugs, they help so much!We are near a military base, which just happens to be my home town. After a two year tour in Spain, we were lucky enough to get back here. So I do have the support of family and friends, and they have been wonderful! But late at night, that fear comes sneaking up on me....  My husband calls me and teases me with little bits and pieces of information, then tells me I have to wait until he returns to hear the whole story.  I drives me Nuts! wacko.gif                                                  


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Posted 19 March 2003 - 09:59 PM

                                                  Curious,
Iím proud of your husband, and of you too for putting up with his line of work. You are both heroes to me, and I thank you both for your contributions to this country. smile.gif                                                  

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 10:22 PM

                                                  
                Curious,  you are both very brave, and you're
                  heroes to me as well.
              Remember,  you have friends on this forum
                (and some stay up late at night).  smile.gif                                                  


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Posted 19 March 2003 - 10:40 PM

                                                   rolleyes.gif I agree with the above statements from all our friends here....Being an serviceman's daughter I know that during times like this military familes, stick close by to each other, and I'm sure it's the same over where you are.......
And feel free to Im us if we're around and feel the need to just waffle...... smile.gif a few of us are always around .....lurking some where smile.gif                                                  

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 11:04 PM

                                                  i agree with Homer.  i admire anyone able to bear that kind of separation.  i go crazy when im just out of town for a few days because i miss my wife so much.   some soldier i would make.  user posted image
hopefully this will all be over soon and things will end well for you, Curious.  smile.gif                                                    

if there was a meteor,
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i wonder if id even know,
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be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 11:16 PM

                                                  Anyone living in London stay clear of the Victoria TUBE LINE. All BBC workers have been told not to travel along that line because of a possible terrorist attack.

There are unconfirmed reports that the bombing of Baghdad is underway... a convoy of troops have entered Iarq... US commandos have entered Nth Iraq via Turkey and are heading to Baghdad... planes are bombing military bases and airports... CNN has so far reported NOTHING! They are censoring everything til the US 8pm deadline... maybe so they can televise it at prime time on TV...

George Bush the coward did not even wait for the deadline... he's bombing a city at night while it sleeps... he even said that if Saddam and his sons go into exile he will still strike... from last December America's plan was to attack Iraq mid-March... just after the winter cold and wanted this war over within 6-8 weeks when the summer heatwave begins... a bleeping war of convenience... first it was weapons of mass destruction (which was never proven)... then it was links to Terrorism (which was never proven)... then they weren't happy with some bombs Iraq had that could fire an extra 15km... then they wanted Saddam to leave his own country...

The saddest day in modern history... sadder than Sept 11th... coz trust me, a lot more than 3,000 innocent lives will be lost today...  

About a dozen U.S. and coalition warplanes dropped precision munitions on nearly a dozen Iraqi artillery pieces in the southern no-fly zone that could have been in range of American troops poised to invade southern Iraq... Some of the artillery was located on the Al Faw peninsula, between Basra and Iraq's Persian Gulf coast. Another strike targeted sites northwest of Iraq's border with Kuwait... The United States had been conducting around-the-clock reconnaissance of the artillery, and its forces had been expected to strike those targets out of concern coalition ground forces could be in range. There also had been concern some of the artillery could be capable of using chemical munitions... Warplanes also struck Iraqi cable repeater sites and command and control sites. In addition, at least one Al Ababil surface-to-surface missile launcher was struck.

When Bush's ultimatum expires, around 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, virtually the brightest moon of the month will be hanging over Iraq throughout the night, which is not considered ideal for the U.S. military which "owns the night."

A sad time for humanity.....sad.gif                                                  

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 11:27 PM

                                                  Mr. X.  did you go drinking again?  please refrain from calling Bush a coward and citing examples of hearsay.  if war had begun, surely we would see reports from 3rd party news that contradicts CNN.  

btw, this topic was not a discussion about the war, but rather just a call for prayers for those involved.  please don't try to make it into an argument by posting things like this...

                                                  

if there was a meteor,
adrift amongst space,
set about on a collision course
not with Earth, but my face...
i wonder if id even know,
at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

- me, 1997




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