The Norman Transcript

Opinion

June 22, 2014

Veterans come before profits

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

The United States is again considering getting involved in another world conflict with troops ready to go to Iraq again. Our success in these conflicts since WWII has not been good and the only ones usually gaining are rich profiteers while massive numbers of our young people are killed and injured. We can not justify the massive costs, loss of lives and damage to so many that our involvement in these wars and conflicts has caused.

I was a volunteer during the Korean War and ended up in combat on the front line in that war. It is hard for me to justify the over 32,000 of my comrades in Korea that did not return and so many more of us that were wounded in body and/or mind.

At that time, a serviceman in one of our companies that had been drafted into that war, complained to me that the rich would get richer on the war while many of us would die or be injured. He asked me why we were there and I could not give him a good answer ...

Many are now saying we need to get involved in Iraq to save that country. They say at the least we can bomb someone. The Pittsburg Post-Gazette in an article titled “U.S. can’t help this sinking ship” and reported in The Norman Transcript June 14, 2014, contends that what we might do in Iraq is unlikely to change the situation. We should have learned from our costly involvement there in 2003-2011 that placed us so far in debt and did so much damage to our young men and women.

The veterans health services are not able to take care of all those injured in our past wars as is illustrated by the disaster and recent deaths of over 40 in Phoenix while waiting for medical care. How are we going to take care of more injured in another foreign conflict?

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