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Kevin Korenthal: A message for those grandmothers

Posted: March 9, 2009 11:56 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2009 4:59 a.m.
 
I just wanted to drop a quick response to the grandmothers who have taken the time to elevate the mission we are still undergoing in Iraq through their street-side protests. While I appreciate that these women are concerned for the well-being of their children, grandchildren and those of others, I continue to be dismayed at how misinformed these and other anti-war groups continue to be about the war in Iraq.

Through the hard work of our valiant troops and the resolve of President Bush and the military leadership, victory is at hand in Iraq.
Iraqis can and do vote in local, regional and countrywide elections, many areas under-served by utilities are seeing consistent running water and power for the first time in decades, and though some terrorist violence still exists, the streets of Baghdad are today no more dangerous than the streets of Chicago.

More importantly, commerce and trade are growing in Iraq at an amazing rate and girls and boys are attending schools where they will be educated to be able to carry this growth forward someday.

What these grandmothers and other anti-war activists should be concerning themselves with now is the difficult mission in Afghanistan.

That land does not enjoy the infrastructure and large educated population that Iraq does and is therefore not as receptive to or capable of economic prosperity.

The people of Afghanistan are going to need to make the conscious decision to reject the radical Islamic ways of the Taliban.

Though the president has committed 17,000 more U.S. troops to that theatre, it is unlikely that without a real change in the people of that barren land that Afghanistan will ever become a place where the grandmothers of that country could ever even hope that their grandchildren will live a more peaceful life than they did.

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