Our patriotic and courageous forefathers declared our independence and then endured eight years (1775-1783) of war with a death count from all war-related causes near 30,000, anextremelyhighpercentageofthepopulation at that time. To form our government — writingandadoptingourConstitution,andelecting ourfirstpresidentandCongress—requiredanothersixyears(1783-1789).Yettodaymanyexpect final results in Iraq in a few years under much greater difficulty.
WithourCivilWar(1861-1865),themostserious crisis in our history, our nation lost more than 600,000 brave patriots to preserve our union.Thisdeathtollexceedsthetotallossesto datebyournationinallourwarscombined.In the 21st Century, the wars to end all wars (World War I and World War II) resulted in the loss of millions of lives by Allied forces, with 525,000 being American heroes. Most WWII historians agree this war may have been avoidedorthedestructionlimitedwithaunited show of strength by the free world in the 1930s againstGermanandJapaneseexpansionisminsteadoffollowinganappeasementpolicy.Also, it is probably true that if the powerful, elite, biased news media of today had been in operation throughout our history, today our nation wouldbepartoftheBritishcommonwealth,or two independent countries, or under German or Japanese control along with most other nations of the world.
Now the free world faces the most serious, insidious and uncivilized evil ever known to man.TheextremeIslamicterroristgroupsare attempting to gain control of the Middle East, annihilate Israel, destroy the free world economy and spread their terror around the world. We must stand up and defeat this evil now beforetheyobtainatomicweaponsandtheworld faces a nuclear holocaust.
If we fail to defend our freedom, the sacrifices of our forefathers to create and maintain afreedemocraticnationwillhavebeeninvain. John B. Longenecker Austin, Texas