I read with great interest the article concerning professor Steven Helmericks.
My sister is a graduate student at CSU and she wanted me to see a glimpse of what’s going on at home.
I have served the Army in Kosovo, Bosnia and, until February of this year, Iraq. I can tell you that the people of Bosnia and Kosovo are profoundly grateful to America for the sacrifices we have made on their behalf. And I can tell you that Iraq is a mess and I understand why anyone with a deployed family member would hold the notion of wasted sacrifice so threatening and hollow. Ask my wife.
One of our uncles fought in Korea and served two tours in Vietnam. To him Vietnam was a mistake and to his death he maintained that if it wasn’t for the protesters we’d still be there today. But today is different. The media is much more controlled, costs are hidden in deficits and university professors are silenced by students who refuse to have the strengths of their arguments tested because they have the recourse of censorship that the university offers.
I don’t hold out much hope for you. And as we prepare to return to Iraq after less than a year at home station, I can only take solace in knowing that if things keep going the way they’re going I’ll definitely see some of you there whether you like it or not. I like to think the draft will bring justice for your failure to participate in the world around you.