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WAR: Collateral damage acceptable to protect U.S. troops

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on Aug. 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm | 65 Comments »
August 12, 2011 4:39 pm

We should never go to war unless we are willing to use any and every means at our disposal to defeat the enemy and protect American lives.

No person with a conscience wants innocent civilians to be killed. But now, in this time of political correctness run amok, we are so concerned about collateral damage that we put our brave young men and women in much greater danger.

Did we needlessly sacrifice the lives of the 30 Navy SEALs by sending in an attack helicopter that could be brought down by a shoulder-launched rocket-propelled grenade when we might have been able to take out the Taliban target by using bombs and missiles that could have been could have been launched from a safe altitude?

How much did Islamic jihadists worry about collateral damage when they attacked America on 9/11? I am tired of hearing bleeding hearts saying that we shouldn’t resort to answering our terrorist enemies in kind because that would bring us down to their moral level. What moral level?

If Roosevelt and Truman hadn’t been willing to bomb ball-bearing factories in Germany and aircraft plants in Japan, knowing that thousands of civilians would be killed, we might well be reading history books written in German or Japanese.

As Union general William Tecumseh Sherman said in 1863, ” War is hell.”

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