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senate Bill S. 926

Should a War Memorial for the Global War on Terrorism be Built on the National Mall?

Argument in favor

The Americans who’ve lost their lives defending their country in the Global War on Terrorism deserve a war memorial on the National Mall, and this bill will accomplish that using entirely private sources.

05/29/2017
In a war fought by an all volunteer force, it seems particularly unfair that today’s Veterans may not get a chance to see their sacrifices memorialized. Memorials can also raise awareness of Veterans' issues and help heal and confront mixed feelings about the Global War on Terrorism.
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05/29/2017
YES! But call it what it REALLY is: GLOBAL WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC TERRORISM! If it offends CAIR, too bad! Don't pussyfoot around. #StopTheIslamizationOfAmerica #GlobalJihad #ChristianNation #GodSaveOurRepublic
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Christopher 's Opinion
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05/29/2017
A lot of people are saying no because they don't like that fact that war is a reality and in some cases is very necessary, come on grow up and honor the dead the right way. A memorial for the GWOT should not only memorialize the countless American troops who have died but also the many first responders, civilians, and allied troops who have given their lives in this war. And this war must not end until we are once again safe.
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Argument opposed

While a war memorial on the National Mall would be a nice gesture, there could be other locations for it and the federal government should pay for the construction, not private donors.

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05/29/2017
We memorialize men, women and civilians who have died for causes linked to a place and a time within a historical context. "Global War on Terrorism" is a construct that is loaded with political meaning --it will be understood that the terrorists are Islamic extremists. It will not be understood to include terrorism perpetrated against civilians by white supremacists, oppressive regimes, or other extremists. Allowing private organizations to build memorials on federal land also means that other organizations must be given equal opportunity. This is a troubling prospect. Allowing a private organization to memorialize victims of ongoing non-contextualized aggression is also a troubling prospect. This is not an honorable way to remember the fallen.
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dionrdixon's Opinion
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05/29/2017
I am a veteran of GWOT and I have lost friends in this conflict, but I believe it is not the right time to construct a memorial. We're not even done fighting yet! Spend that money on providing better rifles, body armor, and training to the men and women who are still in harm's way because of this war!
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Bee's Opinion
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05/29/2017
No. The "war on terrorism" is a conservative jingoistic euphemism for permanent war.
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What is Senate Bill S. 926?

This bill would authorize the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, a private organization, to pursue the construction of a war memorial to the fallen servicemembers of the Global War on Terrorism on the National Mall in the District of Columbia. The memorial would be located on federal land, but it would be funded entirely through private donations. Over 7,000 U.S. military personnel have been killed during the Global War on Terrorism.

Impact

The fallen servicemembers of the Global War on Terrorism; private donors; and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 926

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable, but the bill explicitly prohibits the use of federal funds.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) — the Senate’s first female war veteran — introduced this bill to start the process of building a war memorial to honor the fallen servicemembers, their families, and all those impacted by our nation’s longest war:

“The ongoing Global War on Terrorism has impacted the lives of millions of Americans across our nation. Though nothing will ever be able to bring back those we have lost, this will serve as a tribute to the brave men and women and their loved ones who have sacrificed in the defense of our freedom and who fight for those across the globe who do not have those same freedoms. It is my hope that this memorial will serve as a place of healing and reflection for servicemembers, veterans and the families of our fallen, as well as a reminder of the heroic acts of many for generations to come.”

This legislation has gained bipartisan support in Senate, with 12 cosponsors so far that include eight Republicans and four Democrats.

 

 

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S.M.C. Camp Lejeune / Creative Commons)

AKA

Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act

Official Title

A bill to authorize the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation to establish the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

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      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedApril 25th, 2017
    In a war fought by an all volunteer force, it seems particularly unfair that today’s Veterans may not get a chance to see their sacrifices memorialized. Memorials can also raise awareness of Veterans' issues and help heal and confront mixed feelings about the Global War on Terrorism.
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    We memorialize men, women and civilians who have died for causes linked to a place and a time within a historical context. "Global War on Terrorism" is a construct that is loaded with political meaning --it will be understood that the terrorists are Islamic extremists. It will not be understood to include terrorism perpetrated against civilians by white supremacists, oppressive regimes, or other extremists. Allowing private organizations to build memorials on federal land also means that other organizations must be given equal opportunity. This is a troubling prospect. Allowing a private organization to memorialize victims of ongoing non-contextualized aggression is also a troubling prospect. This is not an honorable way to remember the fallen.
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    I am a veteran of GWOT and I have lost friends in this conflict, but I believe it is not the right time to construct a memorial. We're not even done fighting yet! Spend that money on providing better rifles, body armor, and training to the men and women who are still in harm's way because of this war!
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    No. The "war on terrorism" is a conservative jingoistic euphemism for permanent war.
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    So many have served this nation bravely in recent years, too many at too great a cost. I appreciate their service so much. So it is difficult for me to say there should not be a memorial to honor their service. But that's the thing. Is a memorial for the "war on terrorism" truly about honoring the service of our soldiers? I'm not so sure. Seems to me maybe not. Such a memorial would inherently further promote and legitimize this ill conceived and poorly carried out conflict. I see it as glorifying the poor decisions of politicians that were often made for self-serving reasons and have created needless hardship and suffering and cost American lives. It seems to me if we want to honor those who serve we should do it by prioritizing actually taking care of our veterans and their families. So how about we use federal land to build a facility to provide services to homeless vets? And maybe those who would contribute generously to the memorial for the "war on terrorism" could generously use that money to pay the rent or mortgage of a family that is struggling while a parent serves overseas or a family that has lost a loved one to this "war on terrorism" instead? I'm all for honoring those who have served and are serving now. Thank you. Thank you so much. But as far as yet another memorial to propagandize and glorify the dreadful decisions of politicians while paying faux respect to our soldiers under the pretense of honoring them while so many and their families have real needs that go ignored right now? Nah. We can and should use our resources to do better than that.
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    No absolutely not. Build one to World peace or spend the money on healthcare for our Vets but Terrorism should never get a plumb nickel and certainly not a "war" on it.
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    The war on terror has been a national embarrassment. The mistakes made... are crazy. And it appears we've only made more terrorist through our tactics.
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    YES! But call it what it REALLY is: GLOBAL WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC TERRORISM! If it offends CAIR, too bad! Don't pussyfoot around. #StopTheIslamizationOfAmerica #GlobalJihad #ChristianNation #GodSaveOurRepublic
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    You should have a memorial for fallen soldiers of an actual war or conflict, but a memorial for the global war on terrorism is too broad. Plus, the War on Terror has been failure. You can't fight a war against a concept.
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    There is no such thing as a war on terror. Terror is a tactic. Anyway terror is used by states like the USA all the time (read Noam Chomsky or see his DVD lecture, "Distorted Morality").
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    A lot of people are saying no because they don't like that fact that war is a reality and in some cases is very necessary, come on grow up and honor the dead the right way. A memorial for the GWOT should not only memorialize the countless American troops who have died but also the many first responders, civilians, and allied troops who have given their lives in this war. And this war must not end until we are once again safe.
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    A lot of people have died in the Global War on Terror. We should commemorate them, as well as making a statement defending our American way of life.
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    So many brave people have given their lives in service. The war may have dubious causes and outcomes, but there's no ignoring the human sacrifice made along the way. Our fallen soldiers deserve a monument because there is no greater courage than giving your life for something you believe in.
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    Private interests should not be involved in this project. Also, as a GWOT veteran myself, I feel that a GWOT memorial is too broad for the narrow scope of operations to represent the OEF and OIF missions.
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    That's about as useful as a memorial for the war on drugs or the "war" on Christmas
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    A privately funded memorial should only be constructed on privately owned land. Not to mention that the GWOT is still going on. Who stops in the middle of a war to build a monument?
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    Hard to say no on a day like today, Memorial Day, but stop sending them to useless, UNNECESSARY wars. Stop ignoring the damage these war machine antics, mental and physical damage to be stopped, and to help those WE have already harmed. That would honor the men and women we murder and mutilate for no reason.
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    Glorifying TERRORISM!! Are you kidding?? There should be a Memorial to those soldiers who lost their lives in the MiddleEast War, but to call it War on Terrorism is only going to make the terrorists happy. That should never happen. Our country's soldiers DESERVE BETTER.
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    Is this a serious proposal? This GWOT is going to go on forever. The memorial would never be completed. Plus I doubt they would include all the "collateral damage" non-military lived lost.
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    Global war. Memorialize global war? On terror? War does not end terror. It creates terror. War creates enemies. War terrorizes, mains, and kills human beings, and whatever wild remains. Old men who have never fought love the idea of war too often. Glorifying terror, death, and suffering is profoundly mistaken. As Americans work two jobs and still can't eat, as Americans lose their homes and healthcare, and as Americans suffer daily indignities this is one of the least important actions I can imagine designed to make high level thinking impossible by promoting fear and anger. No--absolutely no.
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