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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Soldier in Iraq Tells Convention Protesters

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004 11:51 a.m. EDT

Soldier in Iraq Tells Convention Protesters

Capt. Ron Hayes in Iraq sent us his response to protesters at the GOP convention who want to "Bring our Boys Home!"

It has been interesting to follow the news reports from the Republican National Convention, to include the protests in New York by 10s of thousands of people.

I am all for standing up for what you believe, which should include voicing your opinions against wars and against presidents, if that is your calling.

But, it really makes me mad when I see people with signs that say things like, "Bring our Boys Home!" There have been several pictures published of protesters carrying flag-draped coffins, and carrying these types of signs.

I have news for you.

The soldiers in Iraq, and Afghanistan do not want your sentiment, or your voice that would have the lives of those already lost dishonored by not finishing the job.

Regardless of how you feel about why we went to war, America made a commitment. It's time we see the job through to fruition. Lack of resolve by many U.S. citizens is the main reason for a lack of trust on the part of those being liberated.

Iraqi citizens are waiting for our resolve to crumble, and see us depart before adequate Iraqi security is established. Al Qaida does not have to beat America in a fight in order to win, they just have to get us to go home.

Ask yourself, what would happen to Iraq, if America were to take your misguided advice and went home before finishing the job?

So, put down your coffin ... put down your sign, and have some American resolve to finish the job we started. We have brought the fight to those who wish to bring the fight to American soil, and we are making great progress.

Security is not yet established, and we all hope to come home when a free, safe, and productive Iraq has been established.

I sincerely thank all of you who have supported the soldiers and have recognized that Americans are not the only people on this planet that are entitled to a safe place to live, a good school for boys and girls, or even a clean water supply.

The mainstream people of Iraq truly do appreciate America, and hope we stick around until the job is finished. Their lives depend on it! Thank you for all of your continued support!

Captain Ron Hayes 2nd BN 147th FA South Dakota Army National Guard Cedar II, Iraq

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