"Why Are Victims Our Only War Heroes?"
(See R. Grassland, pp. 42-43, April 2004 Proceedings')
"The Legend-and Lessons-of Jessica Lynch"
(See J. Kelly, p. 2, March 2004; L. Benson, pp. 12-14, April 2004 Proceedings)
Captain Pete Sandrock, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)-I am not worried about the resolve of the American people to fight terrorism. With or without battlefield heroes, Americans understand the bloody strategies of terrorist organizations like al Qaeda and the threats they pose. That is why there was and continues to be broad support for the war in Afghanistan.
It is true that Americans' resolve is weakening for the war in Iraq, but that is because they are beginning to question whether this war is a smart way to fight teiTorism. Their questions deserve straightforward answers; our heroes deserve recognition. Let's not confuse the two.