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VETERANS DAY: Support our military

Letter by Ray Orlowski, Lacey on Nov. 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm | 18 Comments »
November 11, 2010 1:51 pm

I want to take this moment to honor our military both active and retired. I especially want to thank those who fought in World War II, the “Greatest Generation,” and those who are currently defending our freedom.

I spent 25 years in the Air Force, and many of the veterans of World War II were still on active duty. Every time I had a chance I thanked them for their service. I do the same for those who are currently serving.

The difference is that our current military forces are serving under the worst conditions possible. Their enemy does not wear a uniform and hide in civilian communities and often use innocent people as shields. The enemy could be a woman or child strapped with explosives, someone who our soldier may have shared a meal or candy bar with.

In addition, our soldiers are fighting under a stupid “Rules of Engagement” policy that states that ours soldiers can’t fire at a suspected terrorist until the terrorist aims their gun at them. What kind of insane policy is that? Would we have won World War II with a policy like that?

If we let our military do their job using all of their resources, this conflict wouldn’t last long. Otherwise, we should leave because if you aren’t going to war to win, why go there?

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