War-free World Not Realistic
"The people who protested in Texas had every right to be there. I also would love to live in a world without war. It isn’t going to happen. The men and women serving our country chose to serve and many have made the ultimate sacrifice. It would make me more than happy if not one more of our men or women died.
I wonder how so many people with so much time on their hands cannot do something more constructive? They are not going to change the outcome of the war or when the troops come home. Presently, more than 5,000 people a year die in traffic accidents that are drug- or alcohol-related. Where’s the demonstrations? How many teens are on drugs? How many drug dealers in your neighborhood? How many homeless or hungry people are there? How many convicted pedophiles are still on the street destroying young children’s lives? I guess these issues won’t get your picture in the paper or on TV.
The men and women of America’s armed forces signed up and swore an oath and 99.9 percent of them will fulfill their duty. They serve with honor and pride and would rather be back home with their loved ones. They know that will happen when the job is finished, not before.
All anti-war protesters accomplish is giving support to the enemy. If you want to make a difference, do something that will. Anybody can stand around and run his or her mouth, as it is much easier than spending time and money that would actually help somebody.
Endless hours are spent by our men and women in uniform to help the Iraqi people, not just waging the war on terrorism. The Iraqi children now have schools and supplies they never had before. In Afghanistan women have rights and freedoms never before experienced in that country.
To the demonstrators: Please tell me whom you have helped by demonstrating against the war? Whose quality of life have you improved? How many mouths have you helped to feed during your demonstration? How many terrorist meetings are using a tape of your demonstration to show their young suicide bombers that America is not supporting their men and women in uniform and that their cause is supported by the anti-war demonstrators?
I truly wish there would never be another war. But as long as there are terrorists, tyrants and fanatics, somebody will have to step up and take the reins to stop them. It won’t be France and it sure as hell won’t be the Jane Fondas who make the world a safer place. It will be the people who are willing to fight for freedom, democracy and a chance at having a good life."
~Master Gunnery Sgt. A.R. Nichols
Camp Kinser, Okinawa (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor
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