The being "uncompassionate"
By Theresa Cullen
January 20, 2006
I love the way Mark Neckameyer who often writes to you, puts
things in a kind of historical perspective when he responds to
people like the writer who recently said that the U.S. was unfair
and uncaring for killing innocent people while trying to get
terrorists. Mr. Neckameyer is right. Today's problems
are much like what our parents faced after Pearl Harbor.
All violence is bad and awful. Our military people say
"collateral damage" when they refer to the innocent
civilians who get killed and whose property is destroyed when
we respond to terrorist attacks. I wish, I am sure we
all wish that people all over the world of all religious and
national persuasions would co-operate with each other and would
live in peace but unfortunately it is just not like that.
I firmly believe that our national and military leaders are decent,
honest people who try as hard as they can to minimize deaths
among people who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
My own brother is a battalion commander in the Army National
Guard and I know that he is always concerned about hurting civilians.
It is really sad that we have to respond to violent attacks with
violence of our own which means some people will die but there
is no alternative. As a mother, I am thankful to those
who risk their lives to protect me and my children. We
should all keep what is happening in perspective.
We are good citizens, accepting of others and we want to live
in peace. The terrorists want us all to believe as they
do or they will kill us.
I hope this "war on terror" is completed successfully
before my own children become military age. I also hope
and pray that our side prevails and that we find a way to all
live in peace together. In the meantime I support and have
trust in our military and our political leaders to do the right
Fairbanks, AK - USA
About: Theresa Cullen is a credentialed educator and long time
Alaska resident who will be back in the elementary classroom
as soon as her own children start school.
towards suffering" By Mark Neckameyer - Irvine, CA -
towards suffering By Tommy D. Bergeron - Ketchikan, AK -
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