The War in Iraq
Imagine what the world might be like today if Washington's troops had given up, as many wanted to,
because they had no shoes, little food, lost battles, were not getting paid, had poor medical care,
and lost lives.
Democracy as we know it today might not exist. If it did, it would be because someone else somewhere
stood up for it, regardless of the cost. Who knows if America would still be divided up between
England, France, Spain, and others, or if one nation would have warred with the others to take the
whole thing. We'll never know.
Today, 15 February 2007, I heard many of our Senators and Representatives talk after voting on a non-binding
resolution in the House of Representatives. Some of those who voted for the war say they were misled; they now
want to get out.
REASONS FOR EARLY WITHDRAWAL?:
NO WAR - WE SHOULD STAY OUT OF OTHER COUNTRIES' AFFAIRS.
The world has grown even smaller and more dangerous since the start of WWII. Even the oceans cannot
isolate us from attacks by others. We have to be involved in making the world a better place or the
evils in it will swallow us up.
NO WAR - SHOULD HAVE TRIED MORE DIPLOMACY.
I remember watching Desert Storm on TV. After our troops beat back the Iraqis who had invaded Kuwait,
we stopped short of going to Baghdad and dethroning Sadaam Hussein. I remember feeling that
we didn't finish the job. We were overflying Iraq for years and having our pilots shot at and shot down.
We had been lobbying the U.N. who had tried sanctions, etc., with no result. Sadaam was a danger to his
neighbors and to his own people. The terrorists who are making the trouble for us now are still a danger
and are not of a mind to be persuaded by reason to stop their deadly behaviour.
NO WAR - NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WERE FOUND.
I cannot really speak for our soldiers, but I know if I were there fighting, that I would be glad we didn't
find any weapons of mass destruction. I would want to see the Iraqi people have the chance for a real
representative democracy, and peace among themselves. I would want to be fighting terrorists where they are
rather than where my family lives.
WE ARE LOSING TOO MANY LIVES.
I grieve for all those who have lost sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, siblings, or other family members
in the war. I rejoice with those who have died and passed on to a better place, as I know that what God
has prepared for us is more than anything we have here. War means losing lives on both sides. I expected
nothing less, though I consider our losses much less than they could have been.
IT'S COSTING TOO MUCH MONEY.
If the war is truly about Oil as so many have said, then money is a reason to maintain the course.
IT'S JUST LIKE VIET NAM.
If it is, then, as we didn't do in Viet Nam, we should be putting forth our best effort, not just running in place.
WE'RE DELUDING OURSELVES IF WE THINK WE CAN WIN.
Remember "The Little Engine that Could"? Some people forget the most important lessons. If you think you
can't do something, you really can't. Why should we limit ourselves that way? If the patriots in the Revolutionary
War felt that way, they would have gone home, been hung or disemboweled, and forgotten. I feel the same will
happen if we back out of the Iraq War. Our solder's efforts and lives will have been for nothing, or worse; our
nation will lose all respect in the world; and we will be more vulnerable to our enemies.