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The writer of a letter to the editor on March 9, “Anti-troop? No way” apparently fails to understand the psychology inherent among armed services personnel in war. Servicemen operate under a “buddy system,” where each one is responsible for the safety of all the others. While they all want to come home as soon as possible, it’s likely that they would prefer to return only after they have completed the mission. They probably understand the mission better than most who are attempting to offer easy solutions.

During and after the Vietnam War, servicemen were treated like criminals and called “baby killers.” It’s almost certain that their psyches were further damaged when they learned that millions of people were slaughtered after they were called home.

It is almost certain that the same atrocities will occur in Iraq if the anti-war Democrats in Congress succeed in bringing the troops home before Iraq is stabilized.



U.S. service personnel volunteered to protect our freedoms. We need to give them our complete support and refrain from activities that could encourage the terrorists and cause more harm and death for all involved.

Robert Mitchell




Penn Valley


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