National Take-A-Stand-Day in Lubbock
Reported by: Candace Hutchins
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2007 @09:48pm CST
August 28th is National Take-A-Stand-Day and that's exactly what a group of Lubbock citizens did. Dozens lined 82nd street in front of the Lubbock Area Veterans Memorial Tuesday night armed with protest signs and a clear message for congress.
Vigil organizer Robert Polk says "in 2007 we lost 90 Americans a month and its just getting worse and we need to stop this war now." "My husband fought in WWII. We fought an enemy, to protect our nation. This war, I do not feel, is contributing to peace", says Helen Moss.
But others oppose that message saying we need to finish what we started.
"Of course being a Vietnam Vet, I feel a little deja vu. We've heard these things before and I hope these protesters have good and honest reasons for doing this, but I still have thoughts that you can't run a war from the basement of the White House and you certainly can't do it from a city street in West Texas", says veteran Phil Price.
Citizens also took time Tuesday to read from a war toll calendar to honor and remember the soldiers who died over the past year in Iraq.
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Now these protesters are of course entitled to their opinions and I appreciate that their protest was civil and without any name calling. However, as a patriotic American and mom of a Marine currently serving in Iraq I would like to say that I must respectfully disagree. I wonder if these people realize that the fate of the entire middle east hinges on the outcome of the war in Iraq? We did not start this war and we must not pull out and leave the region unstable. I would also like to know where the "its just getting worse" comes from? Even the New York Times' left leaning critics of the war Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack are calling it a War We Just Might Win.
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.
After the furnace-like heat, the first thing you notice when you land in Baghdad is the morale of our troops. In previous trips to Iraq we often found American troops angry and frustrated — many sensed they had the wrong strategy, were using the wrong tactics and were risking their lives in pursuit of an approach that could not work.
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.
Protesting is NOT supporting the troops.
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