Students could use perspective

Wow! What are they teaching kids in school today? I’m referring to the letter “America needs to look for new tactics” by three Jackson High School students printed on, of all days, Veterans Day. First they describe U.S. movements towards Afghanistan as “unnecessary” and a “disputable confrontation between the United States and the terrorist organization”. Specifically, what is disputable about it? I wonder if these kids are originally from Berkeley? Haven’t they seen the unspeakable death and destruction to the World Trade Center and Pentagon? Then they contradict themselves by saying “we cannot turn the other cheek.”

In the next part of their long letter they want us to try to “fully comprehend the mentality of the terrorists themselves.” What’s to comprehend? Are we to take this barbaric act of terrorism as a responsibility of ours to comprehend? They seem to swallow the Osama bin Laden baloney that we are at fault, totally forgetting that we were attacked, not the other way around. How naive can you get?

According to them, the “war is virtually unwinnable” and the enemy is “unbeatable.” If the country had taken that attitude after Pearl Harbor, these three school girls would probably today be second-class citizens attending an entirely different kind of school, if any at all. I grant you this is a different kind of war, but that doesn’t mean it is unwinnable.

Does this kind of thinking, that the U.S. is the bad guy, come from liberal schools and teachers or is that unfair? Do these girls know that the U.S. is the greatest giver of humanitarian help to nations around the world? How many times have other nations helped us? Where does this convoluted thinking come from?

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