10.05.2009

Ed Garvey's fantasy world

Maybe I should just stop reading anything written by Garvey. I'm at a complete loss in trying to understand the pure fantasy of the world in which he lives.

His latest column for the Capital Times is yet another naive call for an end to the war in Afghanistan. This time he uses the occasion of the death of Rhinelander native Ryan Adams, who has killed in action in Logar province. SGT Adams death is tragic - as all deaths in wartime are - but it is not a reason to abandon this war.

Particularly obnoxious is Garvey's use of the insipid "died in a place I had never heard of" argument. He uses this line as the jumping off point for his call for "peace." To follow his logic, we as a nation are sending young men and women to die for worthless land. "Well, we must as a nation care because we sent Adams there to secure the land for "our side" and he gave his life to fulfill the mission given to him. Surely we would not have risked his life unless Logar was important, would we?"

This is a bogus argument. We are not in Afghanistan to conquer as the Soviets were in the 1980s. We are there to prevent the Taliban and Al Qaeda from reasserting control and having a safe haven from which to launch terrorist attacks. In such a place as Afghanistan it is not enough to simply kill the bad guys. If it were, we would have been done six and a half years ago. We need to be responsible and make certain that the Afghans can protect themselves from the despots and warlords that comprise the Taliban.

I'm willing to fight for that. It isn't about the land and never was - it's about protecting our fellow citizens and our allies from those who would kill us. Garvey's fantasy world may be nice for him, but I prefer to live in reality. Here, there are men who are intent on our destruction. I thank God that men like SGT Adams exist to volunteer to put their lives on the line to protect and defend our country.

Garvey may not want to admit it, but SGT Adams died defending all of us. He should be honored as a hero. His death is a call to finishing what he fought for, not abandoning it so that his death was in vain.