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Respect Paul, Bennett views on 9/11

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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Tony Bennett have served honorably in the U.S. military. Bennett saw the horrors of war first-hand as he was in combat in World War II. For those who have never served their country, be careful of how you judge the patriotism of those who have.

Both men stated 9/11 was a result of our foreign policy and the patriots started screaming. What exactly did Paul and Bennett mean? If you kill people in another country, you must expect them to retaliate. The question is is the cause worth our bloodshed? If you feel that the cause is worth dying for, then you must not be shocked by the results. Then you must honor and grieve your dead and go on with your beliefs, expecting more of the same then hoping that your losses were worth it in the end.

We have lost about 3,000 young people in the Mideast wars, but we have killed about 30,000 of the enemy. The approximate 100,000 relatives of our dead enemy now hate us and are trying to find ways to avenge their dead. In a political war that is bad enough, but mix religion into the formula and the situation quadruples.

If you agree that our ongoing wars are the correct thing to do, then accept the results as horrible as they will be. On the other hand, Paul and Bennett also mourn and honor our dead as much as any one else, but believe their deaths were avoidable, so they disagree with our foreign policy. They do not believe our being the policeman of the world is sustainable. They believe we should bring our troops home.

Maintain the strongest military in the world as the first line of defense and respect the sovereignty of all nations and let the rest of the world do what it wants within their borders. You might disagree with their political policies, but do not say they are not great American patriots.

Their policy is not isolationism, as we are not withdrawing from the world as we will trade, give humanitarian aid and work with any peaceful country for a better world.

John Procida

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