Wonderful letter in today's National Post regarding the Afghanistan debate. A cool counter to the leftist head-in-the-sand approach:
Friday, March 10, 2006
Re: Readers Debate Afghanistan Role, letters to the editor, March 8.
How fascinating. When it comes to the war on terror, Canadians aren't as different from Americans as they think. Reading these letters, I was struck by how similar -- and misguided -- many of the arguments are.
I am a United States Marine and I've heard the same arguments down here: "Support our troops, bring them home now, keep them out of harm's way," etc. Such logic is absurd. The men and women of Canada's Armed Forces are all adults and volunteers. And guess what: They know that serving in the military is inherently dangerous. They choose to do it anyway. Claiming that they're too valuable to send into a combat zone diminishes the choice they themselves made.
Those serving in Afghanistan believe that bringing hope to such countries is worth the sacrifice of their own well-being. Don't act as if they were somehow duped into joining a dangerous organization and require protection from the leaders that duped them. Be proud that your country still has citizens who understand that military service entails risk, hardship, violence and death, and think it a small price to pay for making this world a better place.
1st Lieutenant Ian Brown, United States Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
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