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17 September 2001 @ 07:50 am
My father served in the US Army during World War II. I joined the Army during the Viet Nam Era, although I did not go to Viet Nam. I am glad that our military is strong and there are those who are willing to give up their time and often, their lives to preserve our freedom!

Whether I see the cause as just or not, I will always support our men and women in the US military services. I also stand behind our President. He needs our prayers and not our criticism.

I see many here in LJ saying that we should not seek an "eye for an eye". I don't believe our President will use the military in that way. I'm not sure those who use that term really understand what that means. For our action to be seen as "an eye for an eye", we would need to send planes to crash into a big building of theirs, so that many civilians would die. For one thing, they don't have an such buildings in any of the countries that might be supporting the terrorists. Additionally, that sort of retribution would not do anything to stop the terrorists and would probably just make them want to do more to us. I know that our leaders know this also.

I am not a war monger. If I thought there was a way to solve this through diplomatic means, I would be all for it. We have tried to do that in the past, and it has not worked. Economic sanctions don't seem to work either.

This is a matter of justice and prevention, not a matter of revenge! Our government and the military will work toward the solution. As a people, we must not hate any nationality or religion. This tragedy was not caused by the average Muslim or person from any Muslim country. It was caused by a select group of fanatical terrorists. We must not forget that!

I have already dropped one person from my list because of their anti-government statements. I am considering an additional drop. I will fight for anyone's right to say what they want in their own journal, but I do not have to read it!
Travissivart on September 17th, 2001 07:58 am (UTC)
I have to agree with you 100%. Terrorism is not a problem that can be solved at a meeting. We need to fight a decisive battle in order to make the idea of attacks on us, or any other country so unpleasant that it never happens again.
MJ1485squares on September 17th, 2001 10:14 am (UTC)
Good afternoon, Gary
Must say I do not endorse that hateful "eye-for-an-eye" logic. There is too much anger, already.
I am totally behind our President, and whatever he & his advisors may decide. We will never know-- until after... but that is understandable, for security reasons.

I am not a veteran, but my dad was in WW2, and my oldest son; a Marine. I am afraid of war, but this is a new kind of war, and we do not know how it will play out, yet.

There is a difference between Justice and vengence.

I know many people who have already left to/for destinations; Top Secret. Stratcom is a 15 minute drive from here, & is the biggie Military Base. I have watched some of these kids go to & thru more than one war. already. (overseas, hostile duty's) My heart goes out to them & their families, but we- here- have the attitudes that If they are trained, & the best... they will go. And we will be here- for them, as always, when they come home. This all is no surprise, to me. Red Cross has been training us for massive disasters for YEARS. I am trained, & I will always be ready. I am NOT a war monger either. The answer is NOT bombing & wiping places off the map. The attitude should not be ANGER.

Hope your work week goes swiftly & stressless, Gary.

God Bless America!

sending inspired pink {{hugs}}
Garygdj on September 17th, 2001 10:46 am (UTC)
Re: Good afternoon, Gary
Thanks Mary Jo. I hope your week is a good one too!

sending gloomy {{hugs}}
♀secludedgrrrl on September 17th, 2001 10:27 am (UTC)
My thoughts.
I'm happy that we're going to war. I know war is a VERY ugly thing but we need to hunt these people down...because they need to be punished for what they did.

My dad went to Viet Nam...and I'm glad he wasn't killed. :) At that time he had to go because he was drafted. I wonder if they are going to start that again...drafting people. I don't know. I kinda hope not because I don't want my Chris to fight.
Garygdj on September 17th, 2001 10:48 am (UTC)
Re: My thoughts.
I don't know about the draft. I would think they would not if they are able to cover it with the reserve units.
♀secludedgrrrl on September 17th, 2001 11:47 am (UTC)
Re: My thoughts.
True...that's why Bill Clinton was a bad president...he weaken our USA miltary..and put our country at risk for doing that. I'm happy Bush is making repairs for what Clinton did.
Garygdj on September 17th, 2001 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: My thoughts.
I agree. Clinton was the worst for our military. He hurt it in several ways!
lasaira on September 17th, 2001 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: My thoughts.
I agree with you. I am happy that we are going to war even though it's a sort of a bad thing. But we do have to retaliate. If not, then we'd be seen as a weak country and other countries may start to disrespect us.
Kittleskittles on September 17th, 2001 10:43 am (UTC)
I agree with you, Gary. I support our armed services, and I won't have any anti-government statements on my friends list, either. Doesn't mean I don't respect other peoples' opinions; just means I refuse to read them anymore. :)
Patriotpatriot on September 17th, 2001 10:58 am (UTC)
<< Our government and the military will work toward the solution. >>

Gary, I agree with you here. I also do not blame you for droping from your list those with anti government statements.

We are at war, whether people like it or not that is the case. President Bush has my complete support. Our heros that wear the uniform and walk a post so that I can sleep without having to fear attack from a foriegn power most assuradly has my support. Even in the uses of force that President Clinton exercised that I felt from my heart was totally wrong, our heros in the military had my support for doing their duty.

I still haven't decided whether or not I will comment fully on how I feel about these issues. However if I do my comments will be based on Romans 13:1-7 and Genesis 9:6. I can stand there with all ease.
jesusrock7jesusrock7 on September 22nd, 2001 05:06 am (UTC)
interesting thoughts
I tried to enlist (army) when I was 20 but got sent home from bootcamp the week before graduation because i didn't pass the rifle qualification test. (Take your M16A1, and modify it so that instead of semi-automatic you can fire off 3 rounds at a time...that's an A2.)

One brother will be graduating from the US Air Force Academy in May before cross-comissioning into the Marine Corps. My other brother is a USAFA third-class cadet (sophomore). Having come from a "military" family (uncles, grandfathers, 2nd/3rd-cousins), I kind of want to be in the military right now...but at the same time I don't. It's hard for me to explain.

I'm adding Patriot to my friend list...
Garygdj on September 22nd, 2001 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: interesting thoughts
I understand. I'd almost like to be there too, but I'm so old they wouldn't want me. :-)

I think you will enjoy Patriot's journal!