Monday, August 22, 2005

AFGHANISTAN…LET'S NOT FORGET

It seems America's focus has been pushed into the operations in Iraq and many Americans have forgotten about our brave troops fighting in Afghanistan. It is time to remember these brave men and women.

Thus far, 187 service members have been killed in and around Afghanistan since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom. In the last six months, 64 service members have been killed in Afghanistan which is more than 1/3 of the total killed since the beginning of OEF. This recent rash of insurgency is due to upcoming legislative elections in Afghanistan.

The recent attacks has led the military to rush in an airborne infantry battalion of about 700 troops on standby at Fort Bragg, N.C. This raises our troop numbers to approximately 20,000 and 3,100 from other coalition forces. Also, a NATO peacekeeping force has brought in reinforcements which brings the numbers up to 10,500.

These are not small numbers and these brave men and women are putting their lives on the line in order to bring freedom and democracy to the people of Afghanistan and keep rebels and militants who have vowed to subvert the legislative elections scheduled for September 18, 2005.

This is where it all began, folks. Where our mighty forces were called upon to commit themselves to war on terrorism beginning with ridding Afghanistan from oppression, terrorist camps and forcing UBL into the dark caves in which he still hides.

Meanwhile, President Bush has been touring the country defending and reminding folks about our reasons for Operation Iraqi Freedom. This, all due to the antics of lunatics who have forgotten, or refuse to believe, the war is justified. He has been speaking to troops and their families and been received with open arms and applause.

What I don't understand is why anti-war protesters believe OIF is unjustified, but OEF is. Is one life lost worth more than another? I would ask them to tell that to the families of a fallen hero who died in Afghanistan. Tell that to the people of Afghanistan where women have a voice, citizens can listen to music, girls can go school, children can play with toys, citizens can vote, men can shave, vendors can sell their goods to support their families. Go ahead, Cindy Sheehan, tell them the war on terrorism isn't justified and I can assure you that you would be stoned to death!

To our brave military in Afghanistan, I am with you and supporting you. I am grateful to you for spreading the word of freedom and democracy to all human beings.

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