Loss of American military lives for what in Iraq, Afghanistan?

EDGEWATER -- Watching the news about al-Qaeda taking over Fallujah was so disheartening. We went to war in Iraq under false reports that Saddam Hussein and his henchmen may have had something to do with 9/11, lost thousands of our precious young military men and women and for what?

The seemingly needless loss of American lives just breaks my heart. Many citizens of this country while we always support our troops did not support that war, just as we did not support the war in Viet Nam. Then, as now in Iraq the fighting is a civil war and we need to stay out of it.

We need to get our troops out of Afghanistan as well since those that our military personnel are now training are turning on them. The world is in chaos.

Syria's Bashir Al Assad is bombing, gassing and torturing his own people; all over the Middle East there are atrocities where the people are trying to obtain freedom and their leaders are standing their ground at any cost.

Although it is difficult to watch and we want to help those in such extreme jeopardy, it is not for us to go fight another war. I heard a talking head on television the other day say it is in our interest to help make and keep peace over there. Now that terrifies me. I thank God I don’t have military-age sons.

Although it is difficult to watch and we want to help those in such extreme jeopardy, it is not for us to go fight another war. I heard a talking head on television the other day say it is in our interest to help make and keep peace over there. Now that terrifies me. I thank God I don’t have military-age sons.

Even though it is said by the current administration that we won’t put boots on the ground over there, frankly I don’t believe it.

We already have boots on the ground in Iraq & Afghanistan where we never should have been in the first place.

These age-old battles they are fighting we cannot help them win. Even though a majority of the people wants freedom over there, they will not do what is necessary to continue the progress we make after we are gone.

It is obvious in Iraq and will be the same in Afghanistan. If we arm the rebels in Syria those very arms will eventually be turned against us.

If Assad will do what he is doing to his own people, what would he do if he decided to branch out into the world with our weapons he has taken from the rebels? If we are going to do anything we should help in relief efforts for the refugees, but keep our troops at home to defend our own country.

The days of America not having to worry about violence or attacks are long over. We need to start taking care of ourselves. We have to begin to retrain ourselves to live in this new dangerous world. We can no longer go along complacently with our daily routines thinking no one is near that will hurt us.

The days of sending your kids to school thinking they are in the safest place they can be are no longer true. Even a simple date to a movie can be deadly these days.

The time is at hand for Americans to start paying attention to the world around them and preparing themselves and their children to handle a multitude of events that could happen to them.

I don’t advocate living in fear -- just being aware. My Mother always told me that I could not be helping other kids until I had myself in order. The same goes for this country. We need to get our own house in order before worrying about everyone else.

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