The Last Day of the Iraq War

Today is officially the last day of the over eight year war in Iraq. I walked out this morning to the community college to study for my accounting exam which is on Sunday. Everybody seems to be going about their daily life without a care in New York.

The first article talks about a New York Times reporter who found reams upon reams of classified documents that someone left mistakenly behind and were awaiting to be burned in Iraq. It details the killing of innocent women, children and old men by U.S. Marines in Iraq. Marines’ Haditha Interviews Found in Iraqi Junkyard

A freelance writer also wrote this article about how she is grateful that her husband never had to serve in Iraq seen as a war that was both a waste of time and money but most of all human lives. I’m grateful my husband served in Afghanistan, not Iraq. I think back to my time at the Census Bureau during the height of the Afghan war and how everytime a veterans came up to interview on the eligible list eyes would roll and people would say: “Uhhh another veteran.”

Also there seems to be a growing divide between my friends and I. They are civilians who just go about their daily routines in jobs they hate, the endless pursuit of Asian women. The same thing day in day out, completely unaware of how over 4 thousand troops who lost their lives or 30,000 who were injured. Or even how in Syria right now the military has been ordered to murder civilians or be murdered. Syrian defectors tell of order to kill and torture protesters. If I have any discussion with them it will probably be one of the following:

1. I hate my job but I will do nothing about my situation because it is not that bad.

2. I want this girl or that that girl (usually Asian).

That is it for now..I should stop reading the news and do some more accounting.

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One response to “The Last Day of the Iraq War

  1. Grover Mannings

    Today is indeed an important day with respect to the end of the War in Iraq. The war had a fairly reasonable purpose when it began: get rid of weapons of mass destruction owned by a potentially violent and radical dictator. The problem is, no weapons were ever located nor found; thus bringing into question the whole point of sending troops into a country that didn’t want to be invaded in the first place.

    Some would argue this was American Imperialism at its worst. Others would say it was justified preemptive action against an unstable country that was ripe for takeover by Islamic extremists. Personally, I prefer to meet everyone half way: I’ll agree given reliable intelligence it was necessary to interdict potential WMDs in Iraq, but given the fact that we later learned there were none to be found, we should have left years ago.

    The secret documents regarding the atrocities committed by a handful of bad soldiers is disturbing. It is a sobering reminder that not every soldier had the best interests of the Iraqi people at heart; and that war is a terrible thing. I salute those who served and appreciate their sacrifice. At the same time, however, I don’t confer blanket “congratulations on a job well done” to our military. Our leaders wasted time, money, and more importantly valuable human life in a questionable conflict.

    Our economy might not be the shape it is in had the government used war monies for job programs. Similarly, our war veterans who now suffer from conflict related maladies will need significant support in the coming years. Preference-in-hiring programs aren’t enough: they need to be counseled and debriefed by mental health professionals in order to ensure a safe and comfortable return to regular society.

    I’m not sure how the Syrian troubles relate to American life and the pursuit of AZN females, but it is a reminder of how bad governments can make the military both an asset and liability. There is no excuse for killing one’s own countrymen simply because a crazed dictator has ordered you to do so. At the same time, you can’t blame them 100% because they themselves risk life and limb if they refuse to follow orders.

    Best,

    Grover Mannings

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