Warning, political rant ahead…
I am very sorry about this if politics are not your thing…but I have to get something off my chest. And although I do spend most of my time on this site covering environmental issues, I just got finished watching some of the hearings with General Petraeus and I just had to jot something down.
I am getting increasingly tired of hearing newscasters, politicians and even military personnel talking about how the Iraqis need to step up and take care of themselves. About how they need to get organized so they can defend themselves against the suicide bombers and other insurgents within their own country. Why am I tired of hearing this? Because to me it seems as though we are blaming the victim for what happened to them. Readers of this website know that I am no fan of President Bush and his policies. But this trend of blaming the Iraqis for their problems is really getting to me.
In case these people already forgot, we are the ones that invaded the country and bombed the hell out of it. We are the ones that started a war against a country that had done absolutely nothing to us and who had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. And lest you think differently, I am 100% behind the men and women overseas fighting in this war; they are doing their job and I fully support them. But I do not support this war, not one bit of it. Hearing all these people blame the Iraqi citizens and military for what is going on over there is just plain wrong. We caused the problems…Saddam was no saint, but he also had nothing to do with 9/11…even though that’s the premise that they sold us this war on.
And although we have no business being there, the fact is is that we ARE there…and we need to be there until order is restored. Believe me, I want all of our troops to come home asap…I don’t want another soldier to die in this needless war. But unfortunately, because we started it, we should stay until things get better. The Iraqi civilians need our help; they cannot go it alone.
So please, people in the media and politicians, please stop blaming the Iraqis for their woes. Please stop telling them that they need to fix all the problems in their country. Please keep in mind that we started this mess…we bombed the city first…we threw out the government…this mess was caused by us. It’s us AND the Iraqis that need to help each other clean up any problems, not the Iraqis themselves under threat of us walking away if they don’t.
Again, sorry if politics is not your thing, but I had to get that off my chest.
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