Once again, we are being asked to believe a lie. Leaving 100,000 troops (half of them are mercenaries) on the ground in Iraq can hardly be called ending the “war”. This is just another political ploy, a hopeful stab at giving us all a “feel-good” moment in these times of predominatly bad news.
First of all, there was never an Iraq War in the first place. All we had was an American invasion of a country that did absolutely nothing to us. While we decried the deaths of 3,000 Americans, we seemed oblivious to the million deaths and millions of Iraqi fugitives who were forced to leave their homes and their nation by our acts of wanton, unprovoked aggression.
We have all heard that “they” hate us because of our freedom, our way of life, our higher standard of living, our superior everything. The sobering truth is that they hate us because we have bombed and poisoned (with the depleted uranium left behind), terrorized and killed innocents – men, women and children. We have become barbaric, torturing people horribly in violation of all things moral and right and in complete violation of the Geneva Convention that we signed.
We scream when one of our troops is captured, imprisoned or beheaded but seem to have no concern for entire wedding parties wiped off the face of the Earth on their day of celebration of life and love. What has happened to us and to our moral compass? How and when did it begin to erode?
Wouldn’t we all be “terrorists”, strategizing ways to defeat another nation’s military forces if they suddenly swarmed our country, wrecking our cities, destroying irreplaceable and historical museum pieces, bursting into our homes and dragging people out at will, setting up checkpoints and doing whatever they wanted with our country from building their own military bases to bringing chaos and fear to our citizens?
Being patriotic doesn’t mean supporting the government no matter what it does. As Mark Twain said, “I am a patriot of my country always but for the administration, only when they deseve it.”
So, back to the main point. Until and unless we withdraw all but a skeleton military crew that carries orders just to ease the transition of Iraq governance back to the Iraqis, we are talking the talk but not walking the walk. It is time to get out and stay out of other countries’ lives. The time of conventional warfare is over. If we fail to understand this; if we let lobbyists and corporations continue to dictate our policies, we will appear as one grand experiment in democracy with a headstone that reads: America: 1776-2010.