Making a permanent impression since 1994
March 31, 2003
-- Opinion --
Support our troops
By Joe Keo
Iíve seen tons of rallies and protests on television
recently. During some, people yell anti-war slogans while others have people
waving signs that support the war.
But no matter what your perspective on the war in
Go ahead and say the war is all about oil, continue to bash
President Bush and his administration, because you have the right to do
and his administration, because you have the right to do
Our freedoms of speech, petition, assembly, and press are
on your side. Our American troops and allies fighting the war in
Their mission isnít to kill innocent people, destroy
homes, or conquer a country. Their main objective is to fight off threats to
These are hard times.
Our armed forces are all-volunteer. The draft is long gone.
Normal men and women have decided that they want put their lives on the line for
Every day of the war these soldiers are out there risking
their lives against the enemy.
All American citizens are in debt to our troops.
Personally, I oppose war because I donít like to see
people killed in battle. I squirm at the sight of bloodshed and I cry about
But my opposition to the war doesnít interfere with my
support for our armed forces.
Though they hold guns and have weapons capable of taking
lives, I know that our enemies -- and all who may dislike American ways -- also
hold weapons and are willing to kill.
I can see that there is rarely any clear-cut good or bad in
war. Itís all in the eyes of
Iraqis may look upon Americans as imperialist bullies, but
we see their government as a global threat.
Some Middle Eastern people danced with joy at the fall of
Overall, I see no right or wrong, only people on both sides fighting for what they believe.
Almost no one wants war.
War is violent and brings along death and suffering.
Everyone knows that.
Itís plain and simple: there arenít any sane people who
enjoy what war does.
But war is how
In any case, whether you hate the war or like it, support
those who are fighting it for us.
Our troops need our backing.
They are there not for themselves, they are there for you,
for me and for us.
I just hope the war ends as soon as possible.
So many lives have already been taken on both sides that I
donít want any more people to suffer or die.
I wish the best for all of our men and women in uniform and for those who have loved ones serving in the current war. They deserve our respect.
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