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Honor our soliders on the 4th of July

Medic in IraqOur soldiers were sent to the nation of Iraq, on the orders of their commander in chief. They had no part in creating the false and misleading justification for this war, which was sold to the Congress and a trusting public by the Bush administration. For doing that, both he and his administration deserve our scorn.

Our soldiers deserve only our respect and our support.

With the negative reports of inhumane acts committed by our soldiers in Iraq, it’s easy to become disillusioned. We have had Abu Ghraib, Ramadi, the Haditha massacre, and now Mahmoudiya, names that will join the names of places like My Lai in their infamy.

We would like to close our eyes and pretend that these situations never happened, that it’s all just a bad dream. However, it is important for us to face these crimes and those who committed them, as Americans and as responsible citizens of the world.

Our soldiers know that each time an incident like this comes to light, that it makes their job in Iraq that much harder. With that said, we should not attempt to cover these events up. If we do, it will make it much worse when they finally come to light. We must promptly punish both the guilty, and those whose negligence enabled these acts.

Everyone should understand that the soldiers who committed these crimes are the exception rather than the rule. The average soldier is just as distressed and disgusted by these acts as we are. They do good works and can be proud of their service in a difficult place, caught in the middle of an unwinnable situation.

Remember this on the 4th of July, as you celebrate our nation’s independence.

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Bill Larson
Bill Larson
Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave. You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.

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