As American families gather today to give thanks this year, the nation is at peace -- and what a blessing it is. Only a year ago, many hearts trembled as tens of thousands of our finest young citizens were assembling far, far away in a bleak and desert landscape with war on their horizon and their lives on the line. The president spent the holiday with the troops in Saudi Arabia while, back home, anxious loved ones prayed with a special, if quiet, fervency.
Today the fast, brutal war that was to come is now history. Our armed forces are home-based, some in their homeland, some in distant places in service to their country. They deserve special gratitude from fellow citizens who, on this of all days, should put aside a moment to remember those who died or suffered wounds in the gulf war.
Because this is the day of Thanksgiving, all those Americans fortunate enough to sit in warmth before plates filled with turkey and all the trimmings should ponder for a moment the plight of those who are not so happily blessed. The poor, the homeless, the disadvantaged, yes, even those in jails and prisons, deserve a special touch of comfort. In too many countries of the world, countries plagued by famine and disease, a feast is a fistful of rice, a ladle of contaminated water.