Already forgotten?


The Wall Street Journal recently called it the “war to rival Iraq.”

    In October 2001, the U.S. went to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. We praised our troops and overnight, thousands of vehicles donned the yellow ribbon magnets encouraging everyone to “Support our Troops.” Iraq soon overshadowed the battle in that far-away desert, though, and as the car magnets disappeared, so did our faith in the government and our love of our brave soldiers as many became outraged about our military presence in Iraq. 

    June 2008 was the deadliest month in Afghanistan, but few people know that. The single deadliest attack on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan just occurred a few days ago, but few know that, either. Funding for the war in Afghanistan has increased from $20 billion to $35 billion in the last year, but not many people know that. We forgot.

    So, remember the 32,000 U.S. troops who are still fighting in Afghanistan — the most ever since the war’s beginning. This is a reminder that Americans are still dying for freedom around the world, and that forgetting them is forgetting why we are proud to be Americans. To paraphrase those yellow car ribbons, we must “Never Forget” to “Support our Troops.”