This holiday season I was going to offer my usual attempt to educate the egocentric on the difference between "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas." But then I wondered, why concern myself with trivial matters of semantics when over 140,000 of our country's finest are stuck in the hellhole of Iraq?
These young men and women will not care that, as soon as Thanksgiving leftovers were put in the fridge, Christian fundamentalists began waging their yearly "war" for sole domination of "naming rights" for the holiday season. These defenders of American rights and freedoms will not care if your greatest concern is whether or not to boycott a business that uses Happy Holidays as a doorway greeting.
No, our bravest will be busy waging a "real" war. They will be wondering whether the rabid shoppers, whose main concern is if chosen presents will be in stock or packages arrive in time, even think of them or their sacrifices. Our courageous warriors will be wondering how Americans can be continuously whining about the price of gas, the availability of the newest tech-toys, or naming rights for the holiday season, while they watch more of their friends die around them. They will try their best to keep a "Holiday" spirit, while wondering if they will be alive five minutes from now.
I wonder if those who sent our bravest and finest into Iraq without enough men or materials to do a proper job are making enough money off the war industry to salve their consciences. I also wonder if you think about our courageous warriors and the fact that they could be blown to pieces at any moment, or more about the politics of naming rights for the season, while you shop 'til you drop.
Merry Christmas? Only for those unaffected by war's reality.
Rick A. Mullins