Thu, May 25, 2006 - Page 8 News List

Letter: Defense camp a good start

By Cecilia Ma

Minister of National Defense Lee Jye (李傑) is promoting a summer camp designed to inspire high school students with an all-out defense education in July and August.

I personally consider it to be a great idea.

Young people are the hope and foundation of a country, while civil defense is also the basis for a nation. Our country is facing a constant threat across the Taiwan Strait, which means none of us can be excluded from the defense effort. We should expand our defense capability on the model of Israel.

Not only soldiers but all civilians on the island form a shield for the country. This is so important that we ought to start solidifying it in everyone's mind. We must nurture the right convictions in our youth. This is exactly what this summer camp will offer: a way to bring awareness and awakening by teaching our teenagers what and how to support our national defense, as well as the importance of it.

Craving a different and meaningful summer vacation? Why don't we all join the defense ministry's summer camp and enjoy ourselves?

Cecilia Ma

Taipei

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