It has been decreed that 11/11 is the time to honor the sacrifices of people who are sent away from their homes and families in order to make rich and powerful people more rich and powerful. Because this horrible way of treating one another is usually downplayed as "conflict" (instead of large scale violent death), promoted as problem solving, or characterized as defending freedom in order to manipulate people into thinking it is the right/honorable/just/necessary thing to do, one is considered a horrible person if one points out that the holiday's outpouring of rhetoric keeps everyone's blinders on and arguably does a greater disservice to veterans than anything else (by perpetuating the brutal paradigm and creating more and more wars and casualties and veterans and broken families and crippling injuries and traumatized lives).
TO THE VETERANS: I am sorry for your suffering. I wish fervently for your healing. I hope you can go forward in peace.
TO THE MILITARY FAMILIES: I am sorry you had to spend so many days worrying and waiting, and my sympathy goes out to those who received the worst news ever. I wish your government leaders had the courage to admit how bloody unnecessary it was to sacrifice those lives.
TO ALL OF THE ABOVE: I wish they hadn't been able to convince you that dulce et decorum est...
TO THE CIVILIAN VICTIMS OF WAR: What the hell can any of us say?
TO EVERYONE: You should watch this. At least click that link and go watch the trailer. Go.