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Cecil Broome
by Henry Burt Stevens

Saturday, March 19, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Today is the first day of the third year of the Iraq Freedom and Democracy War. Henry pauses to mark the losses on both sides. Cecil was a highschool pal.


Cecil Angus Broome Jr (SSG/ARMY)
Sep 05,1933 to May 26, 1966


by Henry B Stevens
04/22/2004


Cecil, we never learned
a goddammed thing.
Today's headlines are
about increasing troop strength


Only this time Iraq
instead of Vietnam.
But all the body bags
stink the same.


"May 26, 1966 hostile
ground casualty
gun small arms fire
Body was recovered"


"Panel 07E--Line 110",
but your homecoming
to Lancaster NH was
the biggest event in years.


Cecil, we're still led
by hyprocites.
Nixon promised
to end the war with honor.


In 1968 he spoke at
Grinell School, Derry NH
where I listened and
later voted for him.


He tricked us all,
no peace instead
napalm-cremating people alive
and destroying villages to save them.


Then the invasion of Cambodia
massive bombing
followed by withdrawal
leaving our allies to be massascred.


Now we have Iraq-nam
a high tech war.
No civilian casulaties are counted,
No body bags are met at Dover AFB


We're in this war for reasons
as ephemeral as Bay of Tonkin
But this time g-d is on our
side and W is his spokesman.


What we were told was there
isn't there and it looked like
oil might have been the ace
but no, 'tis a Christain endeavor.


Cecil, you are safe now
on that long black wall
while humanity waits
patiently for the hit you took.

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Reviewed by jude forese 3/20/2005
an execellent treatise on the futility of war ...
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/19/2005
Insightful, deep instructive write.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/19/2005
A powerful message well stated, Henry. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Dave Harm 3/19/2005
Powerful write... which I agree with... someday, maybe, we'll learn... only love can conquer hate...
Reviewed by F William Broome 3/19/2005
Henry - My deep and sincere, "I'm sorry," about the death of your friend. As a veteran of WWII, I'm convinced that each generation takes its "hits" in one way or the other. This is said as some form of truth.

Leaders do the best they know how about war I believe. Hell, we must remember that they are politicians before, during, and after their serving in whatever capacity.

I still believe that with all its flaws, that this country is the greatest in the world, and must do those things to preserve its power to win.

- Bill
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/19/2005
There will be wars and rumors of wars until the Lord brings an end to this earth as we know it. Bitter memories always linger in war time, especially when it has hit home. Sorry for the loss of your friend. I too have lost friends in all the wars since ww11
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/19/2005
It seems that mankind can't exist very long at all without some type of war - I often think that warfare must be planted somehow in our DNA. And I truly hope your friend now rests in peace, Henry.



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