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By Admin1 (admin) (pool-141-157-13-244.balt.east.verizon.net - on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 12:17 am: Edit Post

Chicken Doves -- You can't talk about peace unless you've served in the Peace Corps

Chicken Doves -- You can't talk about peace unless you've served in the Peace Corps

Chicken Doves -- You can't talk about peace unless you've served in the Peace Corps:Give me space, self-important rant time ...

IndustrialBlogger has gotten tired anti-war types groaning on and on about chickenhawks, those people who favor the war on terrorism but never served in the military. The anti-war types' implication is obvious: Pro-war types are brave with other people's blood.

Here's my answer: Let's forget the chickenhawks for a moment. If we're going to do ad hominem, let's do it all the way. Let's talk about, Mr./Ms. Anti-War Protestor. Are you a Chicken Dove? That is, have you put your body in harm's way in the service of peace for your country? Or are you willing to enjoy the fruits of peace without a personal risk or a personal sacrifice?

And I don't mean standing in the cold for a couple of hours and carrying signs and listening to Jesse Jackson, followed by a ride home in a heated bus to your comfortable apartment with cable television and a hot meal. I mean taking time out from your career and your First World comforts and serving in a Third World country where you might get hurt, get sick and even die for no damned reason other than that's what happens when you go.

I can talk. Not only did I serve in Sub-Saharan Africa for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps, my right leg serves a permanent reminder of my service. In February, 1995, while riding on a motorcycle on a Saturday afternoon break, I was struck by a drunk driver in a pickup truck. My leg was caught between the pickup and bike wheel, and my tib/fib snapped. It took four days to get me back to the States before I could be treated thoroughly. I still walk with a limp. The pain in my ankle is there every day, all the time.

And you know what? I'm happy to bear it. The pain connects me to my country, and to every other person who ever served the United States. It's a small price to pay. I'm sure there are many other returned volunteers and war vets who feel the same way. But I won't speak for them. I also know the price some have borne is far greater than I have. I'm in for a penny; others have given the full pound. And I'm grateful to them.

Bottom line, Mr./Mrs. Anti-War Protestor: If you're not willing to listen to chickenhawks, you better not be a chicken dove. If they can't talk about war unless they've served, you can't talk about peace unless you've served.
posted by Bill at 5:01 AM

When this story was posted in October 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

Kerry reaches out to Returned Volunteers Kerry reaches out to Returned Volunteers
The Kerry campaign wants the RPCV vote. Read our interview with Dave Magnani, Massachusetts State Senator and Founder of "RPCVs for Kerry," and his answers to our questions about Kerry's plan to triple the size of the Peace Corps, should the next PC Director be an RPCV, and Safety and Security issues. Then read the "RPCVs for Kerry" statement of support and statements by Dr. Robert Pastor, Ambassador Parker Borg, and Paul Oostburg Sanz made at the "RPCVs for Kerry" Press Conference.

RPCV Carl Pope says the key to winning this election is not swaying undecided voters, but persuading those already willing to vote for your candidate to actually go to the polls.

Take our poll and tell us what you are doing to support your candidate.

Finally read our wrap-up of the eight RPCVs in Senate and House races around the country and where the candidates are in their races.

Director Gaddi Vasquez:  The PCOL Interview Director Gaddi Vasquez: The PCOL Interview
PCOL sits down for an extended interview with Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez. Read the entire interview from start to finish and we promise you will learn something about the Peace Corps you didn't know before.

Plus the debate continues over Safety and Security.
Schwarzenegger praises PC at Convention Schwarzenegger praises PC at Convention
Governor Schwarzenegger praised the Peace Corps at the Republican National Convention: "We're the America that sends out Peace Corps volunteers to teach village children." Schwarzenegger has previously acknowledged his debt to his father-in-law, Peace Corps Founding Director Sargent Shriver, for teaching him "the joy of public service" and Arnold is encouraging volunteerism by creating California Service Corps and tapping his wife, Maria Shriver, to lead it. Leave your comments and who can come up with the best Current Events Funny?
 Peace Corps: One of the Best Faces of America Peace Corps: One of the Best Faces of America
Teresa Heinz Kerry celebrates the Peace Corps Volunteer as one of the best faces America has ever projected in a speech to the Democratic Convention. The National Review disagreed and said that Heinz's celebration of the PCV was "truly offensive." What's your opinion and can you come up with a Political Funny?

Read the stories and leave your comments.

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By Miguel Lopez (dohspxy2.doh.state.fl.us - on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 1:30 pm: Edit Post

What a cop out piece. So you are saying only soldiers and peace corps volunteers have served their country enough to be able to speak for or against the war? SO Us social workers who have worked all their lives with the poor of our country and have seen things as bad as in countires like El Salvador have no reason to be peacedoves? Our policemen who have served in the war on crime and dislke war and speak out are wrong? So the teacher who must comute to a getto war zone to teach your children but speak out against war have no reason to speak out?

Seems you are not only full of yourself, but you are also full of S---


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