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Soldiers are hearing about the anti-war protests and are was upset. In a letter one soldier enclosed a poem he and his buddies wrote. He wants us to get it out, let people see how they feel.

For all the free people that still protest.
You're welcome. We protect you
and you are protected by the best.
Your voice is strong and loud,
but who will fight for you?
No one standing in your crowd.
We are your fathers, brothers, and sons,
wearing the boots and carrying guns.
We are the ones that leave all we own,
to make sure your future is carved in stone.
We are the ones who fight and die,
We might not be able to save the world,
Well, at least we try.
We walked the paths to where we are at
and we want no choice other than that.
so when you rally your group to complain,
take a look in the back of your brain.
In order for that flag you love to fly
wars must be fought and young men must die.
We came here to fight for the ones we hold dear.
If that's not respected, we would rather stay here.
So please stop yelling, put down your signs,
and pray for those behind enemy lines.
When the conflict is over and all is well,
be thankful that we chose to go through hell.

Corporal Joshua Miles and all the boys from
3rd Batallion 2nd Marines, Kuwait
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post #3 of 13
that these soldiers have to fight a senseless war.
this doesn't mean I don't appreciate having an armed forces, or appreciate that these people put their lives on the line for their country.

But there is no way I will support a war that I feel is senseless, no matter how many times someone tries to "guilt" me into it.

There is a huge difference between protesting a single war and protesting the existance of an armed forces. To protest the war is not to say "we should never fight for our country" but instead is saying "THIS war is wrong."

I wish people would stop over generalizing and saying that disagreeing with a single war means that they disagree with everything about the military.

post #4 of 13
Just thinking out loud....

How sad that Joshua his Battalion had to hear about the negative protesting happening here in the USA. How embarrassing. Poor things! I feel like writing them a letter and letting them know that I am one supporter who will always stand up for them. I will proudly stand right a crossed the street from these protestors and peacefully support our US Soldiers. They need us!

I was wondering when our soldiers were going to find out about the protesting Americans clogging major streets and throwing rocks, etc. How discouraging it must be for them to hear any negative news from home. Good thing they haven't seen the video of silly Americans being so out of control and destructive...

These men are patriots. Geeze, they a volunteered to protect our country—and for that I give them all the respect and support I can muster, for as long as I live.

post #5 of 13
I sat in a movie theatre watching "Schindler's List,"
and asked myself, "Why didn't the Jews fight back?"

I sat in a movie theatre watching "Pearl Harbor," and
asked myself, "Why weren't we prepared?"

Now I know why.

Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the
actions of evil people.

On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered
because too many Americans naively rejected the reality that
some nations are dedicated to the dominance of others.

Many political pundits, pacifists and media personnel want
us to forget the carnage. They say we must focus on the
bravery of the rescuers and ignore the cowardice of the
killers. They implore us to understand the motivation of
the perpetrators...

I will not be manipulated. I will not pretend to understand.
I will not forget.

I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the
press to kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting.

I will not forget that CBS news anchor Dan Rather preceded
President Bush's address to the nation with the snide remark,
"No matter how you feel about him, he is still our president."

And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if
reporters weren't informed of every little detail of this war,
they aren't likely--nor should they be expected--to show

I will not forget the attack on the USS Cole...

I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory
strikes like those perfected by the previous administration.

I will not be comforted by "feel-good, do nothing" regulations
like the silly, "Have your bags been under your control?"
question at the airport.

I will not be influenced by so called, "anti-war demonstrators"
who exploit the right of expression to chant anti-American

I will not forget the moral victory handed the North
Vietnamese by American war protesters who reviled and
spat upon the returning soldiers, airmen, sailors
and marines.

I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists
who chose reassurance over reality.

I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair
who told the Labor Party conference, "They have no moral
inhibition on the slaughter of the innocent. If they could
have murdered not 7,000 but 70,000, does anyone doubt they
would have done so and rejoiced in it?

There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting
of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just
a choice; defeat it or be defeated. And defeat it we must!"

I will force myself to:
hear the weeping.
feel the helplessness.
sense the panic.
experience the loss.
remember the hatred.

I sat in a movie theatre, watching "Saving Private Ryan," and
asked myself, "Where did they find the courage?"

Now I know.

We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.

--Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
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post #7 of 13
Originally posted by Bendy
There is a huge difference between protesting a single war and protesting the existance of an armed forces. To protest the war is not to say "we should never fight for our country" but instead is saying "THIS war is wrong."

I wish people would stop over generalizing and saying that disagreeing with a single war means that they disagree with everything about the military.

Unfortunatly, the fact of the matter is that while yes, there is a difference, to a person fighting the war, there isn't one. See, that's the luxury that people who don't have to fight have.. the ability to have a difference, while those that fight do it because they chose to support and defend. Not support and defend as long it makes sense to them..

Seems to me that a while ago the citizens of the U.S. protested a war.. and the end result was that soldiers got spit on.. I wonder how that line got crossed then.. and if it will get crossed this time. Perhaps that's why there are SO many out there holding rallies in support of the troops, so that line doesn't get crossed, and the difference is clear...
post #8 of 13
I heard they kicked out a reporter because he inadvertently let information slip that resulted in a bad situation for allied troops. Although I believe this war should have coverage, I believe there is too much coverage and that reporters who have never been in this type of situation before are putting some of our people in real danger while they *report* But just like a car wreck, I find it hard to look away from the television when it is on. I just wonder had WWII had this type of coverage, if war would of become a thing of the past? I guess that is a discussion for the new Mystery Forum though---

I do not think this is a senseless war, I do however think that evil is senseless and knows no boundaries.
post #9 of 13
I, personally, don't think it is "senseless". I don't LIKE war (who DOES?) and I don't like sticking our noses in places it doesn't belong. BUT...listen to Susan Serandon....I think this chick is living in a FREAKIN' BOX or something with her "What has Iraq done to us?" Well, ok, SUSAN.....Hmm..they aren't supposed to have those Scuds..huh huh. Hmm........and they aren't supposed to have those chemicals, either, are they? That is what I thought. And let's not forget that Saddam (what kind of name is that, anyway?) is all about terrorists and if you think way back..dig into your memory now...YES!! THAT IS RIGHT!!! The World Trade Center no longer exists and neither do the thousands of lives from that day! Hot damn. I knew there had to be something.

Get out of your box and take off your eye mask.
post #10 of 13
It sounds like there is some confusion between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
post #11 of 13
Nope. No confusion on my part. I know I heard about some suicide bombings in Iraq from the weekend. The man kills his own residents. He may have not DONE the 9/11, but I am sure he loved every minute of it and supports Osama all the way.
post #12 of 13
Hey guys - the new forum for debates and controversy will be opened soon. Keep the arguments until then ok?

Locking this thread now... and moving it locked to the new forum. Once we open shop there we can re-open it.

post #13 of 13
Amen! I may not completely, 100% agree with the President in his reasons for the war. BUT, I am 100% behind our young men and women out there defending our freedom!
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