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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Thomas Friedman, "Memorial Day 2050": Give Tom a Medal?

Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving their country in the military. For some, this holiday is sacred. For others, it's just another extended holiday weekend.

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Memorial Day 2050" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/opinion/sunday/friedman-memorial-day-2050.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss), Thomas Friedman concludes:

"What containment was for our parents’ generation — their strategy to fight for freedom against the biggest threat of their day — resiliency will be for our generation against the multiple threats of our day: climate change, petro-dictatorship and destruction of our environment and biodiversity. Let’s act so the next generation will want to honor us with a Memorial Day, the way we honor the sacrifice of previous generations."

"[T]he way we honor the sacrifice of previous generations"? Seemingly unbeknownst to Tom, US soldiers are still fighting and dying in Afghanistan, owing to the fact that Obama decided to escalate America's senseless ground involvement in that country.

But more to the point, does Tom really think he deserves a medal for flying around the globe and polluting the environment, all for the sake of his hackneyed stories?

Memorial Day should continue to honor America's fallen heroes, even, let's hope, in 2050.


1 comment:

  1. "Let’s act so the next generation will want to honor us with a Memorial Day"
    Typical Friedman - pompous, pretentious, idiotic, manipulative. Should anyone be surprised that I skimmed only one of his columns, being decent, I forced myself to look at another "piece" before making my decision" "I won't touch this garbage again."
    I don't know why they call this nonsense "journalism."
    Confused people.

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