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Tom Sears

May 12, 2009

On the Right Side: SEALs deserve all of our respect

Last week, a student brought in a book for me to read titled "Lone Survivor," a No. 1 best-seller about the personal story of a U.S. Navy SEAL and his experiences in the mountains of Afghanistan.

I literally couldn't put it down until I finished it. The review that follows will probably take two columns and then I can tie it all in with Janet "from another planet" Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security report that pointedly slanders our military forces and American conservatives in general.

It begins with the author, Marcus Luttrell, sadly making a trip to visit families of his fallen comrades to console them and tell of his fellow SEALS' bravery; they died while he and these men carried out a sensitive and dangerous mission in Afghanistan.

It then moves on to tell the reader what the requirements are to become a SEAL. It is impossible for you or me to comprehend the intensive training these young men go through. Many, although totally dedicated and fit, don't make it.

They don't go through all the pain and suffering of the program for monetary gain or personal recognition. They simply want to be the best of the best and serve their country to the best of their ability, willing to sacrifice their lives, if necessary, to keep you and me free and protected.

And it is not just the SEALS who are willing to go through hell to keep us safe. There are also the Green Berets, Rangers and Delta Forces. The bravery, heroism, selflessness and patriotism of these young Americans and other service members make you proud to know we have individuals like these defending the freedoms we take for granted.

Unfortunately, some Americans don't give back the respect our military deserves. Fortunately, those in the service see right through this and view with disdain the liberal politicians, the liberal press and the "I support the troops but not the war" crowd.

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