12-5-2011: THE IRAQ WAR IS OVER.
Thank you to all returning troops, and prayers to the 4,000 troops that must remain until the end of the year.
I’m sorry 100,000+ Iraqis were killed.
I’m sorry 32,000 American troops were injured.
I’m sorry 4,500 American troops were killed.
I’m sorry the United States spent $800 billion on it.
I’m sorry troops had to have multiple tours of duty.
I’m sorry that the troops were out of their element and had to deal with acting as security forces, trainers, and “nation builders”, although it doesn’t look like anything useful was built to make Iraq a civilized country. Most of the time they were probably searching people and defusing land minds.
I was OK with the U.S. overthrowing Saddam Hussein back then (why would I defend his right to kill his own people?), but not OK with the prolonged presence in Iraq because the so-called “War on Terrorism” is an impossible dream. The weapons of mass destruction debate loses sight of the moral issues- that Saddam was a horrible dictator…that the United States helped stay in power for decades. Once your hands are dirty, you have to clean it up.
I had war weariness after Saddam was captured. I wanted to cut losses after that. Many of my highly intelligent co-workers didn’t want that. During the 2008 elections, the myth was still perpetrated that once the U.S. stops occupying Iraq, it would fall into chaos and a terrorist hotbed. Somehow I know it will be worse now, no matter how many camps were blown up.
Pakistan, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and other countries are much more involved with terrorism. There are a few places in the Philippines where terrorists have occupied territories. If human rights violations are a concern of yours and a reason for invasion, what’s happening right now in North Korea rivals Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
But North Korea doesn’t have oil, and a North Korean invasion would tick off our Chinese masters in Beijing and U.S. corporate interests in the Great Wal*Mart of China.
My views may change on many things as I get older and more knowledgeable, but the truth is war is usually immoral using many ethical standards. I also see that I personally don’t benefit from wars, in fact the world seems like a more dangerous place.
If you consider the Afghanistan War and Iraq War to be retaliations to 9/11, can you honestly defend, justify, rationalize, or apologize for the cost of those wars and the loss of life? Have fun explaining that to your kids.
Ron Paul was right all of these years: our continued presence in the Middle East (to stabilize the price of oil) just makes things worse. U.S. foreign policy is based upon stabilizing economic markets and war profiteering for the military industrial complex. Just ask yourself “Who benefits? and do your own independent research by using multiple sources to cut through the crap you hear on radio waves, boob tube, and YouTube. Use your common sense about human nature instead of just repeating the narrative you’re fed by the media.
Don’t care if you disagree: I know war is inherently wrong because of the legalized killing and civilian casualties.
Blame Bush? Just him? There a lot more finger pointing to do, if you are so inclined to blame people. Make your voice count with your votes. DO NOT SETTLE FOR THE SAME OLD SCHLOCK. Your congressmen and senators have highly influential. Don’t like your two choices? Get out and vote for an independent and show your message.