The soldiers are the heroes


Published: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 11:49 p.m.
Thomas Sowell asks where all the heroes are. Isn't it obvious?
He's the young soldier standing up and speaking the truth directly to Secretary Rumsfeld. What strength of character it takes to point out this unpardonable failure to all the men and women fighting in Iraq by the Defense Department.
These Americans fighting for us and for their lives have to scrounge for armor. America is the superpower and our young men and women have inadequate protection in the field.
Have you heard that the Pentagon has ordered that protection for our armed forces now? The manufacturers were not aware that it was needed. Because it was brought to public attention, they are now getting the order.
Until the young soldier from Tennessee spoke up, who Sowell sarcastically referred to as "lamenting," no provision was made and the Humvees went into battle with duct tape and scrap metal.
Now we all know how unprepared for this war we are. Sowell's column is misleading and he is using figures to distort the tragedy that our armed forces are living and dying with. How many lives has this young soldier saved?
Where are the heroes among our leaders who are expected to plan and conduct this tragic episode in our country's history?
As for a "lament," it would benefit Sowell to recall John Donne: "Ask not for whom the bell tolls: It tolls for thee."
Estelle Aden, Gainesville

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