Supporting the Troops, but Not the War?
More and more, I am seeing â€œSupport the Troopsâ€ ribbons on vehicles along side of anti-war stickers. Frequently, when someone I've met finds out I am a veteran, I get the response of â€œI donâ€™t agree with what weâ€™re doing over there, but thank you for what youâ€™ve done.â€ This position has me confused. I appreciate that those who oppose what America is doing in the Middle East have not, for the most part, resorted to harassing troops the way many Vietnam protestors did. However, I cannot help but feel this is a sort of back-handed insult. Everyone has a right to their opinions and freedom to express them, but how can someone hold this contradictory position?
To say you donâ€™t support the war is to say you donâ€™t believe in that for which we are fighting. Therefore, Americaâ€™s current military actions are in vain, and those who have sacrificed life and limb also did so in vain. How is this support of the troops?
â€œSupport the troopsâ€¦bring them homeâ€ has me bothered as well. We are an Armed Forces made up of volunteers, doing the job for which we volunteered. Someone who is not willing to make that sacrifice really has no business telling us to stop. Regardless of your opinion on the conflict we are in, we are in it. At this stage, victory should be the only option.
The â€œPeace is Patrioticâ€ slogan might be the one that irks me the most. When brave Americans are giving their time, sweat, blood, and lives for America, protesting their cause is NOT patriotic. End of story.
Al Qaedaâ€™s strategy to defeat us involves outlasting us on the battlefield of public opinion. Whether you like it or not, if you protest the war on terror, you are on the side of terrorism. As another blogger has pointed out, â€œâ€¦I just canâ€™t understand how the phrase â€˜we are losing a soldier a dayâ€™ can be followed by anything other than â€˜so letâ€™s get those #@%ing bastards.â€™â€
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