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Army leaders must earn respect

According to news stories, two military people are in court because they allegedly shot Iraqi civilians. But during a war, you cannot distinguish easily between legitimate civilians and enemy soldiers.

American soldiers are there to fight a war and must be able to defend themselves and the Iraqi people.

I believe the rules of engagement for our troops are so strict, the only thing left is they have to ask permission of the enemy, “May we shoot you?” They have to get shot before they can defend ourselves.



We should blame our Army leaders for failing to explain the reasoning behind their instructions not to fire back at the enemy until American soldiers get shot and hit first.

What these leaders forget is that they first must accomplish the task of getting those they send to fight to trust them, not with words but with acts of loyalty when things get tough.




They must also remember not to dream for others’ accomplishments while they are behind a desk.

I also have a question: Are Iraqi men doing enough to defend their country?

Fritz Gosalvez

Auburn


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