Letter to the Editor
Sophomore, Welsh Hall
Yesterday was the first time I have ever felt compelled to write The Observer, and it happened after reading about a lecture given by Father Frank Cordaro featured on the front page of the Sept. 30 issue of The Observer. I realize that Father Cordaro is probably a much more knowledgeable and experienced person than I, but, it doesn't seem that he knows about the military he preaches against.
My father was in the Air Force, and I practically grew up on the military base near my house. My family would visit the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where I would see military planes, training grounds and airshows. From all this, did I ever get the idea that violence was to be admired, or that I was "cultured in a culture of violence?" NO! From all of my exposure to the military, I was never taught to like violence nor was I desensitized to it. In fact, I have only good memories of my experiences. I believe that the military does teach its members honor and respect, two things that seem to be greatly lacking in our society as a whole today. And the military has held its people to high standards. Most military families I know have not undergone divorce or other problems (I realize this is not always the case). Also, I have seen the immense good the military does. It has provided jobs, healthcare and security to people who may not have had any of these without it.
Yes, the main purpose of the military is to be prepared to fight against other nations which, of course, involves violence. A world in which violence does not occur would be wonderful. And, don't get me wrong, we should never stop striving for peace, however, violence is a cruel reality of our world, it always has been. This means that we have the military to protect us. I do not resent Father Cordaro's pacifism, but I do resent others that think the military is evil. I especially resent such thoughts when the people expressing them have had little or no contact with the military. These kind of anti-military sentiments have led to the downsizing of our country's military over the past few years. I have witnessed the closure of two military bases in my city. Has this elimination of the military presence led to a less violent culture for me? Well obviously not, since I live 20 minutes away from Littleton, Colorado.
The military has done much good for our country, and it has the potential to do even more. People such as Father Cordaro, who are so quick to blast the military, ought to try and realize this.
Sophomore, Welsh Hall
October 1, 1999
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