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Our View: Saving lives

No one will ever know how many lives have been saved because the United States sent 250,000 troops into harm's way to disarm Saddam Hussein. History doesn't work that way.

No one will ever know how many lives have been saved because the United States sent 250,000 troops into harm's way to disarm Saddam Hussein. History doesn't work that way.

With the bombs and the bullets just starting to fly, it may seem as if more lives are being lost now than could ever be lost if Saddam had continued in power. Anyone with an ounce of perspective on the realities of modern warfare knows that he has to be stopped or freedom-loving people will one day pay a far greater price.

Those of us who love liberty owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our fellow citizens who were willing to take on the tyrant, even when much of the world seemed confused or unable to understand the nature of the threat. Keep our soldiers in your prayers.

We have no illusions that this war will fix our economy overnight or create a world without peril. The deeds of Sept. 11 created a wariness that we may never lose. However, this war does send the message that the United States is willing to stand up for its own interests, the safety of its citizens and for freedom and democracy in general.

Some may mock us if they wish (This is America, it's their right), but this war is saving lives.

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