Respect what troops do

Many people in America disagree with the War in Iraq. Our troops aren't just protecting Iraqis, they are protecting Americans at the
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Many people in America disagree with the War in Iraq. Our troops aren't just protecting Iraqis, they are protecting Americans at the same time. Most of the protesters are saying too many troops have died, but people die in a war. If our troops leave now, Iraq will be attacked or messed up and all the soldiers would have died for nothing.

Iraq has truly improved its economy since our soldiers have been over there helping them. For example, fresh fruit is becoming available in the markets. In fact, restaurants, stores and houses in Iraq are being rebuilt every day. The Iraqi government is very new and needs more time to get used to a democracy. However, the Iraqi government is gaining independence every day. The government searches people for weapons more thoroughly, in addition to checking cars in traffic for bombs.

Al-Qaeda is like a pack of wolves ready to strike. The U.S. hasn't been attacked on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Troops have kept them from coming here ever since. Some al-Qaeda leaders have already been killed or captured. Finally U.S. troops stopped the supply of weapons to Muslim extremists. Iraqi citizens help to identify extremists in their neighborhoods.

Additionally, the coalition troops help capture enemy weapons and IEDs. The U.S. and Iraqi counterparts have routed insurgents and are getting closer to rebuilding Iraq and giving Iraqis freedom.

With the help of the Iraqi Army and police and coalition forces, the U.S. has gained control over the area. The soldiers have been making a difference and will keep making a difference if they stay in Iraq. I'm here to support our troops, two of which are my father and my grandfather, who have fought in this war and deserve respect and a victory in the war on terror.

Cody Howell

Milan