Disgusted with critics of Iraq occupation

September 16, 2003

Dear Editor:

During the past eight months that I've been deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, I occasionally check out The Advocate-Messenger online and am very disgusted with the support that a handfull of people have for the troops over here.

People like to voice their opinions (and they have every right to do so), but until you have witnessed firsthand this war, people need to understand that this isn't as easy as their usual 9 to 5 in Boyle County.

So far in Iraq, coalition forces have brought a better quality of life to the suffering Iraqi people after 30 years of dictatorship. Basic utilities have been upgraded significantly. In fact, they are better than pre-war levels. Schools and colleges have been restored for students wishing to continue their education that they normally wouldn't have had during the Saddam regime. Hospitals are functioning with the help of coalition forces and basic medical supplies. We have also provided jobs to the Iraqi people by training them to be policemen, border guards and we are even setting up a new Iraqi Army. The list goes on and on.


With the good, also comes the bad. When the invasion of Iraq begin, most of the Iraqi soldiers abandoned their positions and went into hiding. Many turned themselves in or were detained, but there are still handfuls of regime loyalists constantly attacking coalition forces and sabatoging oil pipelines. We are working diligently to capture these personnel.

This is war. People are going to get wounded and killed. Everyone knew the risk of sending soldiers to Iraq. I've lost a few close friends and have personally aided in loading wounded soldiers on a Medevac helicopter.

I guess the point that I'm trying to make here, is until you have witnessed the superb efforts by coalition forces in Iraq, keep your comments to yourself. The media loves to exploit all the bad that comes out of Iraq with little or no coverage of all the good.

For those people who don't support the troops over here, I will gladly swap places with you so I can come home to my family every night and enjoy all the little things in life that I miss so very much and let you work in 115-degree heat, seven days a week for the last eight months to help out the Iraqi people. You people don't realize how good you have it because of the sacrifices that our soldiers make for you. I am proud to be a soldier in the U.S. Army and know that I am making a difference in the Iraqi peoples new way of life.

SSG Brandon L. Cain

101st Airborne Division

Baghdad, Iraq|9/15/03***

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