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WILL WE TURN AGAINST OUR FORCES IN THE GULF?

As tension between American and Iraqi forces grows, support for U.S. intervention decreases. Why is this so? What happened to the red-blooded Americans who so passionately supported President Bush and his decision to intercede in the Middle East?

It seems as if Americans have a romantic, movie-like vision of war. It is almost as if they have lost sight of reality by insisting that Bush call upon some invincible task force to take care of the problem without risk.

This scenario may win approval of those bored and gung-ho individuals who want immediate results, but it is not a real-life solution. Real-life conflicts normally take more than a few hours to work out. If American attention spans are not long enough to withstand prewar efforts, then how can they be expected to support our country if a real war breaks out?

And what about the men and women in Saudi Arabia? Will this be another Vietnam? Wouldn't it be a shame if Americans once again turned their backs on the soldiers they at one time so fervently supported?

BARBARA MEDERSKI
Depew

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