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America at Large

It's Still Not Worth It
By Ricky Allen
Dec 23, 2003 - 8:18:00 PM

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PALM BEACH, FL -- Even though millions of viewers around the globe watched and cheered in victory as former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussien was pulled from a hole in a farmhouse, some still feel that the investment of hundreds of American lives was not worth the capture of one man.

Meet 31-year-old Shed Lang. A Florida Sales phone representative, Lang said that he didn't see why so many lives were sacrificed. "I'm happy they finally caught him," he said. "However, the war wasn't necessary. I mean, a lot of lives lost for what? The capture of one man?"

The war hit home for Long, as he watched as several of his friends in the military left for Iraq. And even though they have left and moved on to other duties, his frustration with the entire war and rebuilding process fell on one man-the President.

"I think we were too anxious for war. We were bent on revenge," Lang said. "Having a vindictive President didn't help."

Lang added that America should try to keep to it's own affairs. "Live and let live ... I mean if we were to stay outta their affairs I don't think a lot of this would be happening."

For many, the involvement of the U.S. in foreign affairs may forever be known as being nosy, but for others that have seen the world for what it is, they know that if you don't stop those who abuse power, eventually, they will abuse you with it. Joining the military doesn't mean to die for your country - it means for your enemy to die for his. For the hundreds that have died in Iraq, their death now is justified, paid with a price, the price of freedom for Iraqis, and an extra safety boundary for Americans and the rest of the world.

It's impossible to stay completely away from conflict, especially when you're the leaders of the free world-Remember Pearl Harbor?


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