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Support troops silently, if necessary

The United States and the rest of the world has seen several protests and debates about Iraq. It is an issue that has divided the international community.

However, now is the time for everyone, regardless of their views on what should have happened or should yet happen in Iraq, to pray for the people of Iraq and unite behind the allied troops.

War is horrible, no matter how just or necessary it may be. People are killed, families are torn apart and cities are turned to rubble.

While we watch the war from the comfort of the Wilkinson Center, we should not forget that we are watching people’s homes being destroyed.

Ultimately, we hope that the war will bring hope and freedom to the Iraqis. We should be encouraged by the fact that many Iraqis support the war against Saddam. But that does not diminish the horror they are now facing, which is why we encourage everyone to remember the Iraqi people in their prayers.

The Iraqis are not the only ones seeing this war in a personal way. Allied troops, many of them people we know personally and love, are on the front lines of this war.

They are fighting to remove an evil man from power and make the world a safer place. They are fighting so that, hopefully, we will never experience the destruction of our own homes and families.

It’s important to remember our soldiers voluntarily fill the ranks of the military so that we don’t have to fight on the front lines. The allied troops deserve our support and respect.

While we may have different views on what should be done in Iraq, we can and should unite in supporting the allied troops and praying for the welfare of the Iraqi people.

University Wire — Brigham Young U.