Grateful Burma refugee shows why we fight
As a military veteran, I enjoyed reading Myo Myint’s letter Burma refugee grateful for rights of citizenship (Oct. 1). I admire his courage and never-quit attitude to become a U.S. citizen.
America has always been a sanctuary of peace and safety to people of the world. We veterans have fought so many foreign wars. When I see Myo Myint, I conclude that all of our pain, spilled blood and sacrifice was a good investment. We fight for those who cannot fight. Speak for those who cannot speak. Use our strength to defend the weak and lift the oppressed upon their feet that they may stand straight and determine their own destiny.
You see us fighting Hitlers, Stalins, Tojos, Saddams, thugs, bullies and cowards who rape their citizens of their humanity and respect and cause unutterable pain, sorrow and despair.
We stand for freedom of speech and thought, honor, tolerance, peace, decency, love, loyalty, valor, justice, opportunity and duty. It is all of these things that make life worth living and dying for.
To my friend Myo Myint and the Burmese community, welcome home. We’re glad you’re here.
DAVE HANIC Fort Wayne