The Afghan War has been going on entirely too long. For more than ten years now, the combination of the Iraq War and the Afghan War, is taking more and more of a greatly negative effect on the U.S. troops, the U.S. debt, and I truly believe the U.S. population as a whole.
The recent massacre of Afghan citizens reminded me of the My Lai Massacre that happened in Vietnam in 1968. I had to look-up the information about this Vietnam massacre, but I clearly remember as a ten-year-old the great controversy and many of our citizens that took both sides of this controversy.
I never served in the U.S. Armed Forces, but I remember very vividly how many, many young man or should I say teenagers were trying in every way — even moving to Canada — to stay out of the Vietnam War.
“War is hell.” The U.S. secretary of defense said these very words before television and newspaper reporters only a few days ago. If “war is hell,” then why in the name of sanity, does humanity engage in it so much? Perhaps only God knows.
In closing, I would like to say, the U.S. troops that continue to fight are doing the American citizens a greater service than we can ever repay. My question to the warmongers in Washington, D.C. is: “How can you ever wash the blood off your hands of the fallen and injured troops in two wars that are going on entirely too long?”
Timothy Monroe Bledsoe