To the Editor:
I was listening to the morning news on a radio station here in Colorado on how there is a 50 percent rate of suicide among Colorado National Guardsmen and U.S. Army Reservists, and possibly nationwide, who are returning from the Iraq War.
And I thought to myself on how it would affect the anti-war sentiment and my fellow hurting and dying vets and active service personnel. And I wrote this: "If President George W. Bush knew of the 9-11 attacks ahead of time and used it for his own personal gain as a pretense to invade Iraq, let that fall upon his head."
He is the commander-in-chief, and that responsibility ultimately rests with him; not you (those returning from the Iraq War).
Let the following commander-in-chiefs know better and let them not repeat it.
The point is, Osama bin Laden and his organization (and those to come) have completed their mission. This "War on Terror," we must in turn complete, regardless of the loss of family, friends and relationships. Bin Laden is a religious, overzealous madman with overzealous, radical beliefs that he would impose on us here, the United States of America, and the free world.
I feel for those Colorado National Guardsmen and U.S. Army Reservists and other service men and women nationwide who must deal with:
• A commander-in-chief who may have known of the 9-11 attacks ahead of time.
• A radical, overzealous madman and his organization, and those to come on a worldwide front, and possible problems on the home front.
You (those returning from Iraq) must admit to your feelings of survivor guilt, depression and or family and personal problems.
You must seek out and employ medical attention, get faith, and "Naugahyde," - not suicide.
How many more do we lose in another 9-11 attack, known or unknown, if you do not remain strong?
You must and will survive, or we will not.
God Bless, stay strong and you are in my prayers.