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July 14, 2005

"I AM a 'troop'"

Two responses from my previous post. One from a reader, presumably at home:

I have read your thoughts, and those of Mr. Prager. I find myself more in agreement with Mr. Prager. The real issue is whether those of the liberal persuasion TRULY support the troops, or, they "claim" support for politically correct reasons. Having observed the whole scene, I conclude that more people of the liberal persuasion oppose the use of force for any reason, and if anything, find the military at best a nuisance, or at worst, an institution that has no real value.

I am no warmonger, but I agree with Mr. Prager that there are times when the use of force can be justified. The best examples are the freeing of the slaves (Civil War), ending Hitler's reign of terror (WWII), and in defence against an enemy that would seek the demise of our country.

One from an American soldier in Iraq:

I, for one, am sick of being used as a shield for the pro-war camp to hide behind while they defend the travesty that is going on over here. I AM a “troop,” and I hate this war. It is definitely possible to support the troops and not the war. Most of my family falls into this category.

Really supporting the troops involves more than putting a yellow ribbon on your car. It involves pushing the government to explain (truthfully) why we're still here, and why we are here in the first place. It involves pushing for better benefits for the veterans, especially reservists, who give up so much so that nobody else has to.

There are those, liberal and conservative, Republican and Democrat, pro-war and against, who truly do support us over here. Who don't stop with a yellow ribbon. You are all appreciated—-every day, every week, most likely long after we get home. You help get us through this. Thank you.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at July 14, 2005 03:57 PM



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