It is thanks to armed forces that we can sleep peace­fully at night

The National - News - - OPINION -

I write in ref­er­ence to Ruba Haza’s ar­ti­cle UAE Armed Forces an­nounces death of Emi­rati ser­vice­man (Novem­ber 14): we have been taught – and rightly so – to re­spect the sol­diers who put their lives on the line for the pro­tec­tion of the coun­tries they de­fend. They sac­ri­fice ev­ery­thing with­out think­ing twice.

Imag­ine a coun­try with­out armies or sol­diers; no one is safe as there is no peace. When I hear sto­ries about death and de­struc­tion in Syria, Ye­men and other coun­tries, I feel priv­i­leged to have brave sol­diers keep­ing us safe and se­cure. It is be­cause of them that we can sleep peace­fully at night. I there­fore salute our sol­diers and mar­tyrs ahead of Mar­tyrs’ Day later this month.

Lamiya Si­raj, Abu Dhabi

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