We thank you for your service

Dear Editor,
Our message to the thousands of War on Terror heroes should be, “You did your duty and accomplished your mission. We thank you for your service and honor you as victors.”
The fact there was never a repeat of Sept.11, 2001 is proof that our troops and their sacrifices won the war in Afghanistan. That was the actual mission for the War on Terror, put simply “to fight them over there, not here.” In 20 years, American homeland deaths due to jihadi terrorism totaled only 107, not the thousands as many prdicted in 2001. This is indisputable proof that they fulfilled their real mission.
The idea that our military could or should perform a miracle of creating a civilized culture and/or a self-governing democracy there was not only impossible, but also absurd.
John R. Todd
Oxford Charter Township

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