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.