Reviews for General Issue
Sierra4 chapter 1 . 10/17/2005
While we're all entitled to our own opinions, I have to completely disagree with you.

As a soldier serving in Iraq right now, I know exactly why I'm here, and I support it. Perhaps Bush himself doesn't have the right motives, I'm not one of those fanatics who says we must all agree with the president no matter what. But getting rid of the Taliban and trying to bring peace to the Iraqi people is far from pointless or confusing. Perhaps if YOU had seen the 1-year-old little girl lying dead in a field with 50 other innocent people, killed by the Taliban, you would feel differently.

You also contradict yourself. You talk about roadside bombs and snipers killing soldiers, and then you say "The media says 'terrorists' but I see a normal person'. So which one is it? A killer or a 'normal person'? (A) They're killers. They need to be stopped. It's well and fine for you to talk like this from your position back in the States, but don't rule out everything until you've really been there.

Sierra
Holocaustpulp chapter 1 . 10/11/2005
Just a returned overseas Soldier:

I can understand that you are upset by my poem, especially after all that you've been through. I am not attempting to demean your efforts as a soldier, and I am definitely not attacking any regular soldier in this piece. What I meant to convey in this poem were the believed horrors that Bush and company promote overseas, particularly on my own countrymen.

I wish you had offered your e-mail address. Perhaps you could relate to some of the mentioned scenarios in my poem, or perhaps not. Without telling me, I will never know. What I do know is that my viewpoint is in fact shared by servicemen, be it communists or general leftists, possibly even some rightists, if not just common people. I have documented proof of these opinions if you would like to see these magazines and newspaper clippings.

Maybe you mistake me for a snooty leftist. I'm fine with you thinking that, but try to realize this: just because I am against the war, against Bush, and against what the entire ruling-class has made and upholds (imperialism, capitalism...), does NOT mean I am against you. This poem was actually a message of concern, because more and more are coming home with injuries, with mental shock, and in caskets, and I think all Americans find this to be unfavorable. I am passionately against Iraq turning into the next Vietnam (as some argue it already has); hence, I am against mass casualties, mental destruction, and the exploitation of common people by the government for what I and others (not all) believe to be its own purposes. All of these effect you soldiers and American society.

I wish to reach an understanding, not an antagonism, for with such antagonisms as these over current partisan lines, we truly begin to divide as a nation.

- HP
Just a returned overseas Soldier chapter 1 . 10/11/2005
"This is merely one viewpoint, expressed by true soldiers overseas " Ahem... five words. SPEAK FOR YOUR FUCKING SELF! you cannot honestly say that those brave men and women fighting and dieing over there who actualy believe in what they're fighting for are fake. People like you disgust me, with your narrow-minded self-rightciousness. Good day, from those dieing for your right to call us fakes.
xxxxxxxxy chapter 1 . 10/9/2005
beautiful and powerful!it being slam poetry really boosts the power of this piece. The rhymes seemed to roll out like a machine gun. Te only part that weakened it a bit was the very end since it didn't rhyme so well, but sometimes an ending that leaves an audience uncomfortable through it's set up can be intentional and affective. I just feel like for the message you where sending at the end, the intentional uncomfortable set up doesn't fit so in all, a strong emotion and a clear, firm, and yet complex message.