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Why Did They Have to Die?

October 13, 2009

I just had to turn the television set off. I couldn’t stand looking at it another second.

What was I looking at? I was watching the same thing anybody watching CNN at the same time was seeing. I was watching a news story, a feature report on a “firefight” in Afghanistan which took place two days ago.

In that battle, eight Marines were killed — eight of our fellow Americans. Of course, they were young; they were brave; they were doing what they were trained to do, and they did it well. They gave their last full measure of devotion to their country.

They didn’t have much of a chance as I understood the story. Apparently the Taliban or maybe it was al-Qaida had our boys outnumbered and it is rumored there was a trap that had been set. But, it really doesn’t matter at this point what had happened prior to the actual battle.

What does matter, indeed the only thing that matters, is that these fine, handsome, decent young men died much too early. They died before they really had a chance to live. And above all, they died for what is at best an ill-defined reason.

And, I have been asking myself why did they have to die? Indeed, why have all the other fine American boys had to die in that cursed spot on earth, where life is hard and short, where women are not considered full human beings; where corruption is the way of life, and there is no loyalty to nation because there really is no nation as we here in America think of nationhood.

Americans have been fighting and dying in that cesspool since right after September 11, 2001. Yes, right after 3,000 Americans were killed in the attack on the Twin Towers and more were killed in the attack on the Pentagon. But you know all that, don’t you? What you don’t know and what I don’t know is why are we still dying there?

The concept to invade Afghanistan was to capture Osama bin Laden. But, we are no closer to capturing him now than we were eight years ago. And now, with the Barack Obama administration in control of everything in Washington, and with Eric Holder as our attorney general, even if we should, by some miracle, capture the bearded, evil mass murderer, what would likely happen? He would be read his “rights” and after a long, convoluted charade, he might be brought here to the United States to stand trial.

With the ACLU probably conducting his defense, the whole trial process would become more than just a travesty. It would become a mockery bordering on farce, if it were not for the tragedy that is really the theme of the entire chapter in American history.

So, how many more fine young, splendid American boys have to die before we realize there will be no storybook ending to this most sordid affair. Yes, more than 3,000 Americans were murdered on the eleventh of September in the year 2001 and they will never be avenged.

I say, let us bring all our boys back before there are more and more needless, tragic deaths.

This is Barack Obama’s “good war.” That is what he described the war in Afghanistan, the “good war,” as opposed to Iraq, which he described as the chosen war, the “bad war.”

Bob Grant

Straight Ahead!


That slams the lid onthings for today

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