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7/9/06-Longview

Veterans Support Strength Against North Korea

Some East Texans are concerned that a possible conflict with North Korea could require U.S. military forces. Some say the Army is spread too thin, while others say a show of force may be the only way.  

As Joyce Markins does business at Longview's trade days, her thoughts now often are focused on her granddaughter Elaina in the Air Force, who has received orders to go to Korea, in light of recent events.

"My biggest concern is just the temperament of the policies at this time," says Markins.

North Korea's test firing of long-range missiles has many Longview veterans thinking it's yet another hot-spot that needs to be dealt with.

"I believe we need to get their attention on, we are serious on them backing off," says Longview Vietnam Veteran Jerry Westphalen.

 Some feel it's a bigger threat that anything in the Middle East.

"We have a prehistoric thinking people with modern arms and that not going to work for the rest of the world.  It's not going to work for anybody," says marine Vietnam veteran Neal Hays.

Some think that military forces are already spread thin, but that the U-S can't ignore the North Korean threat,  based on our own recent past experience.

"September 11th 2001," says Westphalen.

Many feel strength against the North Koreans needs to be shown.  

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

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