"Mr. Gorbachev...tear down this wall." .Those are the words of President Ronald Reagan, who I think was one of America's greatest presidents, and who was influencial in putting an end to the dangerous Cold War!
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I was born in 1945, and I have lived throughout the Cold War, which ran from the end of World War II until the late 1980's. In the year 2006, many young people may not remember much of it, but it was one giant threat between two super-powers...the then Soviet Union and the United States! Nuclear weapons pointing at each other, was not my way of having a quality of life!
I was in high school at the time, when the Cuban Missle Crisis occured, as Soviet ships, loaded with nuclear missles, steamed toward Cuba. President Kennedy placed a block-aid of the island of Cuba, to keep the Russians from bringing the missles to Cuba! At the time, I thought the Soviet Union and the United States were going to go to war, and it would be the beginning of World War III. It was a terrifying time for all Americans and people around the world!
With the possibility of nuclear war around the corner, this could mean the end of humanity as we know it, and it was a scary time for me and my family! But, it never happened, as the block-aid of ships from the United States, turned the Soviet ships around and they headed back to Russia! A sigh of relief for everyone around the world at that time!
At that time, the United States prevailed because because of our strong military, and the American determination to keep freedom and peace around the world!
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"Freedom is not free!" That's the sign that appears in the lobby at the VA Medical Center, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I live. When peace and freedom is threatened...the United States must act anywhere in the world! Freedom is not free...as millions of American's have paid with their lives all over the world!
The diciples of the devil...Hitler; Saddam; the sabre-rattling of Noriega in Central America; Milosevic in Bosnia; Khadafy in Libya...all had to be dealt with...and the only way to deal with these devils is with a strong military force! The United States has had a large part in removing this evil from the Earth, and there has been peace in the world because of it, and all American's should be proud of this fact!
After the tragedy of 9/11...there are no spider-holes in which, cowards, who call themselves terrorists, can hide, and it will be just a matter of time, when they are all exterminated! There will never be peace in the world unless this happens! Cowards who hide behind women and babies and make their threats against innocent civilians!
Again, the United States has taken the lead, to remove these cowards from the face of the Earth...as the American way of life, will never again be threatened. Most American's will never forget 9/11, as America was attacked for the first time, and the memory of 9/11 will linger forever in people's minds.
But, America is not mistake-free, as Viet Nam was a mistake, and everyone knows it! Tens of thousands of Americans died or were injured in Viet Nam! A terrible mistake by the Congress and the White House at the time!
And now, the Iraq war! Whether or not the Iraq war and the threat of terrorism are related is up for discussion. But, one thing is certain...the Iraq war is a message to the cowards around the world, that the American people are fed up with terrorism...and the states who hide these cowards, and the American people are not going to tolerate it anymore!
The will and strength of the American people will never be defeated by anyone...NEVER! Freedom is not free! And, I'm proud to be an American veteran!