[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Freedom’s burdens

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[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Freedom’s burdens

In the April 17 issue of the JoongAng Daily, you wrote to Korean citizens about your servicemen going to Iraq. It was a wonderful article, and I wish everyone in America could have read it. We are two grateful Americans who appreciate the sacrifice you are making.
It may seem hard to believe, watching some of the news stories, but Americans are also very proud of our soldiers and are grateful for their sacrifice. War is not easy! Freedom is not easy. Freedom demands of the free a responsibility to help those who are oppressed. In listening to some of the news broadcast since we arrived in February, the reports coming out of America seem to be so negative. But I can assure you that the majority of the population take our “freedom responsibility” very serious.
I have been so proud that our soldiers stood side-by-side with Koreans during the Korean war of the 1950s. To look at your wonderful country now, and the incredible growth and progress Korea has achieved, I understand the importance of the American lives sacrificed, and the financial investment America made to help the country recover.
My husband and I have been in this beautiful country for two months and have developed the deepest respect and admiration for what has been achieved. Our stay will be brief, just one year, but in just a few months we have experienced much kindness and courtesy.
I feel sure that the lovely and loving people of Korea will take your article’s suggestions.

by Virginia Roberts
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