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  • Sue McPherson
    Feb 2, 2003
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      Ed, You say that very well. Luck, heroes, scapegoats,
      and just ordinary joes.

      A CNN report today states the following:

      >In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Lift your eyes and look
      > to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out
      > the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name.
      > Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of
      > them is missing."
      >
      > The same creator who names the stars also knows the names
      > of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle
      > Columbia did not return safely to Earth, yet we can pray that
      > all are safely home.
      >
      > May God bless the grieving families, and may God continue to bless
      America.


      Just curious - does this statement take into consideration
      possible different beliefs of the astronauts and their families?

      Sue McPherson


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      Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 10:44 PM
      Subject: Re: [existlist] here's a good one


      >
      > Actually, I know an astronaut; she's the cousin of my best friend from
      school > and was raised as his sister after her parents were killed in a
      plane
      crash > when she was about 4. I suspect that had something to do with her
      choice.
      > While I don't presume to speak for her, I think it's fair to say that she
      has > an understanding of the risk. It's a dangerous job, but she leaves
      the
      earth > fully expecting to return.
      >
      > In my day as it were, you did fully expect to go to war when you signed
      > up--unless your daddy pulled strings to get you signed up into the Texas
      Air > Guard or the Illinois National Guard as was the case with Bush and
      Quayle.
      I > would think that while it might not be the expectation, it was certainly
      an > open possibility for those who joined before 9-11; it is certainly the
      > expectation today. Although there was a spate of enlistments immediately
      > after the WTC attack, I understand they've fallen off drastically; and it
      > will become impossible to man the American military machine without a
      draft > if a long-term war situation like Viet Nam develops.
      >
      > Of course, any soldier who goes to war not thinking he might die is a
      fool;
      > but then fools often rush in where angels fear to tread and if they happen
      to > get missed by the enemy's bullets they get medals for heroism.
      Otherwise
      > they become statistics and gold stars on windows at home. But the vast
      > majority of casualties in war are not doing any such thing when they get
      > waxed: They're killed by artillery, mines, friendly fire, snipers, or
      unaimed > spray from a firefight; and there is no use attempting to explain
      to
      yourself > why your buddy got it and you didn't because it's nothing but
      dumb luck.
      > It's really not very heroic business, except in the movies and in the
      > speeches of politicians who are not about to go to war themselves.
      >
      > Ed Tyler
      >
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