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February 15, 2013

ONE MAN’S OPINION: Women in combat – is this what we want?

By WIILIAM J. KELLY

Mothers and fathers! Do you really want your military daughters subject to being shot and killed, receiving life-term injuries, brain damage, loss of limbs, pregnancy or possible forcible rape if captured by an enemy that has no respect at all for women?

This is exactly what is going to happen when women our placed on the front line of combat, especially if in the infantry. Mothers and fathers do you really want that for your daughters?

Read this from the Wall Street Journal by a former Marine, Ryan Smith: “During the invasion of Baghdad, I spent days at a time huddled with twenty-five fellow Marines in an assault vehicle built for fifteen. We urinated in bottles, defecated inches from each others faces, and were so caked in filth and dried blood that they “lined us up naked and washed us off with pressure washers.”

Trust me. No soldier wants women witnessing, and taking part in, all that. War is hell! Mothers and fathers, do you really want that for your daughters?

Here is what happens. Fifty-six percent of the women in mixed units became pregnant prior to being sent to a combat zone in Operation Desert Storm. I read about a woman who claimed post traumatic stress disorder because her job was to clean airplanes of blood and flesh from combat mission injuries.

Nurses are also claiming PTSD after combat nursing service, an indication that what they see is far beyond their normal nursing expectations. Mothers and fathers do you really want that for your daughters?

I know, politicians, non combatants and other women’s rights leaders ignore the affects that women in infantry combat might have on male soldiers. Will all the requirements, skills and physical fitness be the same for women as for men? The defense secretary says they will be the same but what happens when the plan is put in place and the reality of life sets in? There is a physical difference! What about intimate attachments that may occur in the field? How will that disturb the effectiveness of a combat unit? Mothers and fathers, do you really want this for your daughters?

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