Skip to comments.If Giants Get a Parade, Say Some Vets, Why Not Us? (What about the heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan?)
Posted on 02/07/2012 7:06:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The New York Giants on Tuesday will be showered with confetti and greeted by throngs as they are feted with the citys most storied honor: a parade through its Canyon of Heroes.
But all the fanfare the parade this week is the fourth since 2000 to honor a sports team has touched off anger and unease among some returned Iraq veterans, who are eagerly awaiting their own recognition.
Everybody recognizes that the Giants deserve a parade, said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. But, he added, If a football team gets a parade, shouldnt our veterans?
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has long expressed his regret that the United States did not do a better job honoring veterans of the Vietnam War in the 1970s, has cited advice from the Pentagon in deciding it was not appropriate to hold a parade while American soldiers are still fighting in Afghanistan.
But a growing coalition of veterans, elected officials and other public figures are disagreeing, saying it is time to celebrate the men and women who served in Iraq.
Leslie H. Gelb, the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former correspondent for The New York Times and a board member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, called the Pentagons position supercilious sensitivity and Washington-think.
Celebrating the Iraqi vets doesnt negate a future celebration for the Afghan vets or deny that were still at war, Mr. Gelb said, adding that if we had to wait to honor our servicemen and women until wars were over, that would take a long time.
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Unfortunately, the title writes its own sad jokes.
The comments on this story are hideous.
I am so tired of ignorant liberal sots.
One of the reasons I love the Dallas Stars as an organization, is that every home game, they honor an Iraq or Afghanistan Veteran, and they always get a nice standing ovation from the crowd.
“it was not appropriate to hold a parade while American soldiers are still fighting in Afghanistan.”
Basically, I agree. A war should be over before really doing things like this. That’s always the way it’s been.
Of course, it’s taking forever. Because no one really wants to fight a true war, a serious war without “nation-building” included. If we had gone over, dropped a million bombs, beaten the !#%$!@$ out of them without hand-wringing about “collateral damage” and been done with it, this’d be alot quicker.
Bush and Obama, not so much.
The Giants should honor the vets and invite them to the parade as special guests.
That would piss comrade Bloomers off.
I heard Bloomberg yesterday claim the Military brass has asked him not to have a parade. Unless he’s lying through his teeth then he should follow the request of the military.
What do you expect from ignorant liberals?
Look up Lt.Col.Greg Gadson.
As long as the flags keep saggiing to half mast every other week there is no REASON to have a parade.
Are “New Yorkers” Americans? Inquiring fly over country minds want to know?
That’s because Vets are seen as terrorists these days by the Left who run NYC.
Well, hopefully, this generation of vets won’t have to wait as long for NYC to throw them a parade after the war’s over as we did. Only took over a decade.
Where was Ground Zero of the war on Islamic terrorism, and the most American lives lost? It was in some big city on America’s East Coast. Said city was not Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Norfolk, Jacksonville, or even Washington, DC. How soon we forget!
Take all the welfare recipients, have them form up and parade to the welfare office.
Ironically, many Manhattanites and now Brooklynites are transplants from other parts of the country. It’s just that their narcissistic liberalism wouldn’t be tolerated back where they came from.