War and Redemption/ Upholding the American Way of Life

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Upholding the American Way of Life Our soldiers enlist and fight sometimes until death to uphold the American way of life. Often times compromising their sanity and integrity. In On War and Redemption Timothy Kudo tells his tragic story of what he recalls as a confusing fire fight against the Taliban and the tragic death of two innocent civilians due to the chaos and confusion. He then asks when waging war to uphold the American way of life, have we upheld that ideal? I believe we wage war in and compromised the dignity, humanity and integrity of our soldiers. As Americans we haven't upheld the ideal of the American way of life. We chose to keep ourselves at a margin of ignorance and expect the soldiers who are fighting this war to just come home and pick up where they left off. The American Way of Life has a different meaning to every citizen in the United Stated but almost everyone can agree that the Declaration of Independence has created its foundation. The Declaration of Independence says, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” I believe most of the world follows these ideals and as American’s we fight for our rights when an enemy threatens them. The American way of life has been a mantra for the citizens of the United States for years. No one single person has the same idea of what exactly the American way of life is but I happen to agree with Diane Kremser’s opinion, “Being an American means I have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of my race. I have the right to worship God as I please, regardless of my religious beliefs. I have the right to free speech, regardless of my political or social views, and I have the right to bear arms in order to protect myself but not to threaten others. Along with

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