Hurting Support for Troops
"The writer of “Keep America out of the muck” (letter, Aug. 23) gives a great speech about the Constitution, but bashes a soldier for [expressing] his opinion. We call this freedom of speech. This is an unconventional war where the enemy has free rein to disguise himself to blend in with the local population. It is people like the letter writer who are driving down the support we need from the American people.
People are always talking about human rights and the maltreatment of prisoners of war instead of focusing on what is going on over here and what needs to be done.
In reference to the letter writer’s comment about Iraqis not attacking America on Sept. 11, 2001, we have known for a long time that Saddam Hussein has hated America, so why not take the fight to him to prevent him from getting enough weapons to finally attack us? You get rid of the problem before it becomes a bigger problem.
I do not know if the letter writer has ever been here, or if he has ever fought in a war, but if not, he should please stay at his safe naval air station in Maryland. All he would do is worry about how we treat terrorists who are attempting to kill us. These terrorists should have no rights, no civil liberties if they are attempting to kill Americans and innocent civilians. We are here to fight for democracy and the freedom of the Iraqi people.
I also think that if the interrogation of the prisoners at the Iraqi jails saved the lives of one American, then it was well worth the exposure it received. I remember reading about one of the terrorists being tortured stating: “I came to Iraq to kill Americans,” which he stated under oath in an American court.
Was his so-called “torture” justified? In my opinion, yes."
-Staff Sgt. David E. Christiansen
Logistics Support Area Anaconda, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)
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