I've been reading the articles about the two young men who were brutally killed in Iraq recently, Pvt. 1st Class Kristian Menchaca and Pvt. 1st Class Thomas Tucker. As a mother and grandmother, my heart reaches out to the families of these two very brave and heroic young men. Their moms and dads, sisters and brothers and grandmas and grandpas will never be able to put their arms around them and hug them again.
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I know the war is controversial. But men and women like these two young soldiers are the ones who make the ultimate sacrifices so we can live in a country where we are allowed to freely express our opinions.
The poor people in Iraq did not have that freedom before our brave military personnel went over there. Saddam killed people perniciously and randomly. He not only had no regard for life, but he performed his killing sprees with glee, such as putting people through shredders, raping women in front of their families, throwing people off roofs, beheading people, dismembering, etc. His acts of murder are so horrible, it's beyond my comprehension.
Followers of the philosophy of bin Laden and Saddam make no secret that they wish to make Sharia law the standard worldwide. If they succeed, we'll then comprehend what the Iraqis know so well.
At Camp Pendleton, we currently have eight military personnel imprisoned, who are under investigation for killings in Iraq. I don't know if they are guilty or not. Interestingly, it does not seem the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights or National Lawyers Guild have taken up their cause, and the media is deafeningly silent about the plight of these eight people. Yet these organizations and the media have championed the rights of prisoners in Abu Grai and the innocence of extremists who behead people in Iraq, and much more.
The purpose of my letter is to say that I wholeheartedly support our military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I wholeheartedly support their families. I wish more of us did. And if we do, I wish we would be more vocal about it.