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U.S. reaction to acts of aggression a long time coming

By Staff | Jan 10, 2020

To the editor:

The ordering of strikes and the killing of top Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani did not just start with the killing of an American contractor and the wounding of our troops by a 30 rocket attack on a military base near Kirkuk in Northern Iraq.

U.S. Forces carried out these airstrikes on five Kataeb Hezbollah facilities in Iraq and Syria in response to disrupting future imminent attacks against our troops, as per intelligence reports.

From the Gulf of Oman attacks on two oil tankers in June to the Saudi Oil refinery attacks in September, Iran has been on a terrorist campaign to cause disruption throughout the Middle East. Without question Gen. Qasem Soleimani commanded Iran’s military operations in the region and was behind the missions for killing U.S. troops.

With Iran being the biggest state sponsor of terrorism throughout many places in the world, we as a nation can no longer continue under the failures of the Carter and Obama Administrations in containing the promotion of these rogue acts of terrorism by Iran. Inaction does nothing more than encourage future rogue actions. Also, these homegrown terrorist threats radicalized by these rogue Islamic Jihadist movements within our shores should be treated swiftly and harshly.

Beginning with the Carter Administration’s failure of the hostage situation, to the release of $1.7 billion by the Obama Administration providing funding in supporting Iran’s state sponsored terrorism, we see this increase in rogue acts of terrorism throughout the Middle East. It was found that the actual unfrozen assets in this Obama deal could have reached over $150 billion.

We as a nation cannot bow to or support these terrorist nations if we want to provide the protection of those freedoms for our future generations that was provided by the sacrifices of so many who served this great nation in the military. These state-sponsored terrorists gain their strength through inaction. Condemning these strikes coupled with condemning the action against Gen. Qasem Soleimani does nothing more than support future attacks on our U.S. Military and U.S. Citizens.

“Freedom for those of us who fought for it, has a flavor the protected will never know.”

In honoring our brave men and women in harm’s way serving this great nation in the protections of our freedoms, it is said, “Soldiers do not fight wars because they hate what is front of them. Soldiers fight wars because they love what is behind them.”

Jack Wagner

Cape Coral