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article imageOp-Ed: Our world depends on American heroes

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By Scott Ungerecht     Jul 16, 2012 in World
Baker City - I think an American hero means different things to millions of people around the world who depend upon the United States to help aid them or install freedom and democracy in their country.
When you think about it, American heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They come from different backgrounds and all occupations. Most of them are politicians, civilians, private contractors, volunteers, ambassadors, mercenaries and/or military soldiers.
No matter where they are from, these Americans answer the call for help so they can protect US national interests and assist any nation threatened by a military dictator who wants to squash basic human rights and freedom and rule with tyranny and destruction.
In some cases, the US government will try using diplomacy and/or negotiations instead of hastily invading a foreign country and starting or finishing an armed conflict.
Unfortunately, this does not always work. The United States government has to make hard choices about whether or not diplomacy or military intervention is the best course of action when dealing with a serious threat to national or global security.
However, no matter what happens in the end, I think a true American hero is someone who stands up for everything that is noble and right in our world. He or she makes a positive difference in the lives of strangers and always does what is morally or legally right.
Although there will always be foreign nations who require assistance from the United States, whether it is financial, physical, emotional, or psychological, I think every American hero should be ready 24/7 to assist the weak, the helpless, the innocent and even the homeless.
So, where do we find truly brave, kind and caring American heroes in our world? We find them by first looking inside our own heart. Nothing is stronger than the heart of a volunteer, and the United States, and her NATO allies, often jump into harm’s way whenever our world seems dark, gloomy and hopeless.
Because Spider-Man, Batman and Superman do not exist in reality, we will have to depend on real American heroes (and NATO allies) to help save the day, or at least watch them blaze a path into battle on CNN, whether using peaceful negotiations, perceptive politics, or high-tech military equipment and armed troops. No matter what happens, I am sure it will be one heck of a show.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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