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Sunday, July 18, 2004

History shows we must fight for freedom


Your voice: Jewell E. Frisch

I am writing this in response to a letter, "Protesting doesn't equal hating nation" (July 8), from a self-professed "dreamer." Because a large segment of our young citizens have not had the advantage of being taught accurate U.S. history, our country is in great danger of having their utopian "dreams of universal peace" turn into nightmares for all of us.

Through the centuries, brave patriots have fought and died to establish and preserve the freedoms we now enjoy as Americans. Throughout history, aggressors have on occasion attempted to take it from us, conquer or destroy us - most notably in World Wars I and II.

In World War II, Hitler invaded and overran other European countries, imprisoning, torturing, starving and killing millions of innocents. After defeating France and almost defeating England, he had his eyes set on the United States next. Had the United States not entered World War II with every weapon and piece of equipment that could be mustered, every American citizen working and sacrificing, the world would be far different than it is now.

Then the United States, piece by piece, at our own expense, proceeded to rebuild, over time, the vast areas of Europe that Hitler and the war had destroyed, and we promoted the return of economic freedom and stability to countries that had been decimated as a result of Hitler's intent to conquer the world.

Are Americans aware that the United States and the free world today are taking the necessary steps to halt in their tracks those who are making every effort to destroy us and take away our freedoms, so gallantly won and preserved by the vigilance and ultimate sacrifices of many through the centuries?

Do you remember the terrorist attacks on our land in 2001? These aggressors are busy all over the world right now, attacking and destroying millions of innocent people. Until they and those of their mentality can be brought down, no one will be safe to live in peace. At this time, "universal peace" is only a dream of uninformed dreamers.

In the meantime, let me urge people to educate themselves, stop protesting, and get behind our service people and our national leaders, as they and others are taking steps and making every effort to lead toward the true dream of universal peace.

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Jewell E. Frisch of Montgomery, primarily a homemaker, has been married for 61 years to Barney Frisch, a World War II Air Force captain. He was aboard one of the lead B-24 bombers over Omaha Beach on D-Day and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

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