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Army Widow: War Protests Hurt Troops

Posted March 23, 2007

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— As the Iraq War becomes more unpopular in the U.S., many military families said they worry about the negative effect that senitment could have on their loved ones still in harm's way.

Dawn Cash, whose husband was killed three years ago in Iraq, said she is offended by the number of people so openly against the war.

"It's very hurtful," Cash said. "I associate that with them saying my husband died in vain, and I refuse to believe that."

Capt. Christopher Cash was the company commander of his National Guard unit after spending 20 years in the Army. After three months in Iraq, he was gunned down by insurgents while helping his soldiers take cover.

"He loved it, and he believed in what he was doing," Dawn Cash said.

She still wears both his and her wedding rings, and the community is so proud of his service that the local armed forces reserve center was named in his honor.

According to a recent CNN poll, 46 percent of Americans don't believe the U.S. can win the war in Iraq, and 21 percent support an immediate pullout.

Although many war protestors maintain that they support the troops and are against only the war, Cash said their actions don't help U.S. troops at all.

"They believe in what they are doing, and that's a good thing. We don't need to have soldiers over there fighting receive the negativity going on in America," she said.

Americans are happy to go on with their business -- protesting when it suits their purpose -- while military families pay the price, Cash said.

"My life is forever changed by losing Chris," she said. "We all have the right to our own opinion. But at the same time, we need to respect the military and the families that have lost someone."

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  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 26, 2007

    Nokidz, you were proved incorrect by an early post...sorry to do so again...http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,120137,00.html, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33082-2004May17.html, http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/17/iraq.main/index.html, etc. etc. etc.
    Also, if you know any history about Iraq, you know that mustard gas has been the chosen method of Hussein when purging his own people.

  • Angry Grrl Mar 26, 2007

    No chemical weapons -- not a SINGLE DROP -- no sarin, no mustard gas, no VX, has been found in Iraq. If you have proof that it has, post a link.

  • Angry Grrl Mar 26, 2007

    No. I'm sorry, but remembering 9/11 makes me angry that we haven't found Osama, "dead or alive," yet. Remember him? IRAQ HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11.

  • Get a clue Mar 26, 2007

    Watch any documentary on 9/11 and you'll remember why we are at war. Watch as people jump from the windows of the buildings and fall to their deaths. Can you imagine that jumping was the best option? I have never heard anybody say that they don't support the troops, but I can see how all the protesting could be discouraging to some troops. None of our fallen soldiers have died in vain. God bless and thank you all.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 26, 2007

    These soldiers have chosen to fight as their jobs and way of life. They know that their death is a potential risk of being in the military. Stop using military families and their loss as a false reason for why you want the war to end...Why do you want it to end...because a Republican president sent us there. Were you complaining when Clinton sent troops to Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, etc.?
    Also, sarin gas and mustard gas, both forms of WMD were found in Iraq. Do you think Iraq didn't hide or send their WMD to other countries after repeated warnings and months of threats from the UN and US they we were searching them? Of course they did!
    Japan is not a good example to use in comparison to this situation. Japan would never be what it is today had we not stayed and reconstructed them. Perhaps Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries could eventually see the light of democracy, once they get rid of their jealous rants against western culture.

  • Antivenin Mar 26, 2007

    'Americans are happy to go on with their business -- protesting when it suits their purpose -- while military families pay the price, Cash said.

    "My life is forever changed by losing Chris," she said. "We all have the right to our own opinion. But at the same time, we need to respect the military and the families that have lost someone."'

    In my opinion, protesting the war should serve the purpose of convincing the powers that be to bring the troops home, to prevent more soldiers from paying the ultimate price, and to cease adding families to the list of those who have experienced loss. "Iraqi freedom" versus the value of individual American lives. Which is more noble?

  • inmyopinion3 Mar 25, 2007

    If I'm not mistaken the vast majority of people support the troops but not the reasoning for going to or staying at war! Pepole claiming war protests hurt the troops is nonsense it equivalent to say free speech should be revoked! It is more patriotic to stand up for what you believe than to blindly follow a political party entiy or government. Its about time people put party alligances behind them and look and make a decision about the war based on facts rather than the party/governemt who decarled war initially. I hope all our troops come home well and unharmed I also hope they come home as soon as is realistically viable.

  • Angry Grrl Mar 25, 2007

    If you ever blindly believed everything a pill-popping conservative blowhard ever said, you might be a Republican.

  • twright530 Mar 25, 2007

    If you have ever protested a war while troops are in the field you might be a Democrat.

  • Axtel Mar 25, 2007

    Wow! We sure jerked a few liberal knees!

    Peace and God bless you all....

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