U.S. forces should know that we have their backs

Thursday, April 3, 2003 at 1:00am

On Saturday two men, with American flags held high, crossed the intersection in front of my car. They apparently were stragglers from a pro-war protest. But unlike the flag-waving images after Sept. 11, the two men hoisting the colors Saturday looked isolated.

These men are not supposed to be the underdogs in this ongoing debate over America's handling of the Iraqi crisis. Recent Gallup polls, conducted Saturday and Sunday, show that 72 percent of Americans say they favor the war against Iraq, while 25 percent say they oppose the military invasion.

But it is important that we be indivisible when it comes to supporting the men and women who are fighting in Iraq. As we struggle with our ideals, these Americans and those in the military cannot be made to feel that they stand alone.

Maybe some of them knew exactly what they were getting into when they signed up for the military and agreed to defend our nation in times of war. But many of them did not. Some were like Staff Sgt. Kendall Waters-Bey, 29, who was killed in a helicopter crash. "He joined the Marine Corps to become a better provider," according to his father, Michael Waters-Bey, The New York Times reported. Or like the single mother, Army Spec. Shoshana Johnson, who was among the soldiers captured during an ambush of troops assigned to the 507th Maintenance Company at Fort Bliss. Many of us know young women who went to the military

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