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  • Write them letters, campaign for better conditions and support when they return and try to bring them back home. Personally I don't think people should be campagning to bring the troops home, they need to finish the job. But that is neither here nor there.
  • The same way you can support your kids and disagree with what they do. I don't think that this war or any war is a good idea but I don't hold it against the troops because that is their job. I don't want any of them to be hurt and it bothers me everyday as we lose more and more of them. I would think that anyone who supported troops wouldn't support the war that was taking them away.
  • It's a difficult thing to do. I don't agree with war, therefore I cannot support what the troops are doing. At the same time I do not wish to see any of them lose their life and I feel for their families who are truly the ones who are affected by this war. The troops volunteered for the military, whether the expected to see combat or not is irrelevent, they knew it was a possibility. I feel mostly for the families affected, and support them emotionally if possible.
  • There's a group called Any Soldier which will distribute things you buy and donate to the soldiers in Iraq. You can still think the mission is daft but help the troops out.
  • I'm not sure if you are asking for ways to support them or reasons. The troops in Iraq are fighting for our country and we have to respect them even though we might not agree with the war.
  • Give out reasons and ways to get the troops home.
  • You can support them as individuals and the sacrifices that they and their families are making. That has nothing to do with why they are there. If you have ever served time in the military, especially served in life threatening situations, that served no purpose other than an unreasonable political goal, you might have a better understanding.
  • Pray for them. M.C.S.
  • This is a great question... if we really consider it deeply, it can reveal some very interesting things about ourselves, life, war, nationalism, loyalty, values, and honor. Here's some thoughts it provokes for me, in no particular order: - The soldiers are being asked to be brave and do a job. There's a great deal of courage required, and having to dig down inside themselves and bring forth that courage is an awesome thing in and of itself worthy of consideration and respect; - The task each soldier is doing cannot ultimately be isolated from the overall purpose, scope, motives, and methods of the war itself. If the war is immoral, that colors all of the actions of the soldiers on behalf of the war: we don't get to escape the moral implications of our actions just because we're not in charge of the operation. - These men are mostly young, and haven't yet had the life experience to really understand the moral implications of their choice to enlist in this or any other war. It's not my place to judge them, but signing up to kill other humans is a grave matter not to be taken lightly. - Certainly one can support the troops in the broadest sense: by supporting getting them home in one piece. - It's impossible for any significant effort to be all bad or all good: even though I'm opposed to the war, I'm sure some good is being done along with the evil, and I wish more power to any of the men on the ground who are trying to do their best to contribute in terrible circumstances. - One thing that makes many of us a bit antsy about the question lurks just below the surface of awareness: to support OUR troops suggests that they're special relative to all of the other people affected by the conflict, and implies that perhaps the others aren't very important: the children playing in the streets who are injured or killed by stray fire from either side, the civilians who just want to survive and rebuild their country, the brother of the suicide bomber who tried to dissuade his sibling and failed. To support ONLY the troops is to deepen the division between "us" and "them", and reinforce the illusion that we're not all in it together. - There's a notion batted about that Americans should support the war so that the troops won't feel discouraged in their effort. The trouble with this view is that it seems to hint that enthusiasm is more important than the truth being told. If we're in a bad war, the troops have a right to be aware of that: it's not fair to ask these men to risk their lives for a delusion. So the public debate about the validity of the war is crucial, and the craving for solidarity should not be allowed to drown out the quest to understand the what and why behind our engagement in this mess.
  • I support what those people chose to do. I don't support what W. made them do. There's a difference. The people who actually DO the fighting- I support them. They are willing and some do, die for me and us. I support them, because they willingly stepped up to the plate for that. Bush just wanted to spend money on weapons so he had to get rid of the old ones first. I don't support that asshole.
  • To me, it means: 1) I honor the troops for their service to their country 2) I respect their service when they come home 3) I wish they had never been told to fight this war
  • I'm not a supporter of the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. But I support the troops in this sense; I don't wish any more of them to die. I want them to come home and come home quick. I support them in the fact, they shouldn't have to be there! Moral support, for most of them don't want to be there, and for the abuse they are getting off others for being there.
  • The same way you support the plumber, by wanting him never to have to fix a bathroom.
  • Because the troops don't make the decision to declare war... they go because they enlisted and are told to go.
  • You can write to them, you can send them simple everyday items, we take for granted (care packages). Here is a link for you. http://www.anysoldier.com/WhatToSend.cfm
  • You can't. The IRAQ war was an inmoral and a bad idea from the get going. But it is our troops whom ultimately carry out the war and die misguided by a fabricated falacy. We need to support our troops by bringing them home. PEACE!
  • Supporting the troops means : standing by the brave men and women who are willing to fight and die for their country. Supoorting the war means: agreeing with the presidents decsion in fighting in another country for whatever reason. You may not agree with being in a specific war, or war altogether, but you may support the soldiers that fight for our freedom.
  • One can support the troops but not put them in harms way and for morally wrong reasons.Troops do NOT want to be in, or remain in a war situation,and by forcing them to stay is not supporting them at all.Therefore peace activists support the troops the most.
  • You can support the troops, but not support the particular war that Bush and Congress have declared. If Congress declared war on Great Britain tomorrow, many people might disapprove of the war itself, including the troops. The troops still have to fight the war, but it is an unnecessary war. Some people think you cannot be patriotic and disagree with the decisions your government makes. This is a disillusioned way of thinking.
  • You can be supportive of those who serve in our armed forces, to protect our freedoms, while not believing in the reason behind war. When someone joins the service, they don't get to pick & choose the beliefs & opinions of those in command, though they have to follow their orders. However, knowing that by serving our country, protecting our freedoms, requires that they risk their lives, & sacrifice many things including their comfort, & being with the ones they love, I feel they deserve our respect.
  • Ok, I know it doesn't pertain to our situation right now but what if there was a draft? Those people didn't volunteer.
  • It is shameful how the troops in Vietnam were treated by the American public. I truly despise people with this mentality. They deserve to be sent to a repressive country where they do not have the freedom to speak their hatred, and live an oppressed life.
  • by not demonizing the troops for the actions of their government...
  • Do you support every single thing a political person you voted for does or believes in? Could you have a friend who does acupuncture even though you think it's hogwash? Could you have a friend who is a vegitarian even though you're a meat eater or vice versa? My point is that we very often support a person and respect their beliefs without supporting their cause. If the troops choose to serve our country and us, support them for their courage and thank them for their protection. You don't have to believe in what they're doing to appreciate them.
  • Supporting the troops and agreeing with the war are two completely different things. I'm sick of neocons implying that just because I don't support the war, I'm disrespecting the troops. I respect anyone who has the balls to put their life on the line. However I believe the war is wrong and those who are participating in it are being used. It's the government that doesn't support them! It's the government that gives the troops crap WW2 body armor that doesn't work! It's the government that gives them experimental shots that make them sick. It's government that has our troops breathing dust from toxic depleted uranium weapons! Former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger said "Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy ”. The government doesn't give a shit about the troops! I do. I want them brought home.
  • i love my sister and i support her - but she is a meth head and i dont agree with that
  • If you're clear in your own mind you can support the men and women without supporting the policy or leadership that put them in the situation they are now in. However, with such logic, one should support all the troops in that situation, including the "enemy" ones. Of course, many people use it as an emotional lever or subtle propaganda tool. The DR's I get for this will come from them. +5
  • I assure you Annonymous the men and women there are not there because they have some kind of need in life to fight in a war. They are there because the Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces requested their presences there, its like any other typed of trained JOB someone must do it, so its better to have the trained. So yes support them, you may not agree with why they are their but support them for doing their JOB and knowing it well. God Bless our troops!
  • Donate to the USO.

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