Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Project

My husband Bob, who is an artist, a poet, a veteran, a registered Republican and something of a nut, decided last spring that he wanted to create something that would express his deep feelings about the Iraq war. Starting in August he began to write, with a black sharpie, the names of the more than 4,000 soldiers who were killed in the war. He pasted the names written on wallpaper liner to the wall in front of our house which faces the Pacific ocean and a busy pedestrian walk. Above the list he wrote: "These Are the Brave Men and Women Our Government Sent to Die in Iraq." It took about a month to complete the project and he added a statement at the end of the list. As more die he adds their names to the list.

He placed a spiral notebook near the project and urged people to write down their reactions and thoughts. Passing walkers from several countries and varied political persuasions have left dozens of their ideas in the notebook.

I have created this blog (at the suggestion of our daughter) to record both Bob's project and the comments of the people who have seen it. I will copy the comments from the notebook and post them on this blog.


At October 18, 2008 at 12:47 AM , Anonymous Maureen Murphy said...

Thank you for sharing this. I love America.
Vote Obama!

At October 18, 2008 at 6:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Bob. I wish I could see the project in person. I respect you for sharing your passion about this on-going tragedy. Looking at the photos and reading your statement was very moving. What can we do? The upcoming election may be the best way to make a change....... I am writing from Texas, the home of many of these soldiers. - - Colleen.

At October 19, 2008 at 12:49 PM , Blogger spencer said...

Anyone using inaccurate or incomplete premises will logically arrive at inaccurate or incomplete conclusions. If honest and accurate analyses are totally ignored it is proof that the operating agenda is something other than truth.

Among a full orchestra of reasons for deposing Saddam was the timely need to impose transparency into governments that might harbor or support jihad. Saddam had both used nerve gas and hated US. He supported suicide bombers in Israel. See the “60 Minutes” interview with FBI agent George Piro, (months spent with Saddam during his captivity) aired 24 Jan 2008. (Available on web) Saddam retained the capability and desire to “reconstitute all his weapons programs.”

Today it looks like an Iraqi government is forming that is more likely to be benign to our values if not an outright aid in combating the jihad elements in the region.
Many in Iraq now understand our values better. Many have jumped to our side. I blame an atmosphere of negativity, a drumbeat of hatred for W. in Hollywood, the media, and the universities for these aspects of reality not being honestly exposed.

In spite of anti-war efforts to have us believe otherwise, it is likely that the names on your display are heroes for a good cause.

Don Spencer

At October 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Teresa said...

Hey Mrs. & Mr. Perkins--I think this is awesome. Mary told me about it over the summer and I have been sending positive vibes about it to you from Alabama. Thanks for going public. I hope you are well.--Teresa


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