One Veteran's Voice

18 March 2006

Three years

Sunday will mark the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Three years have brought the deaths of 2317 US servicemembers, over 16,000 US wounded, and somewhere between 33,000-38,000 Iraqi civilians reported killed, all at a cost of a couple hundred billion to the American taxpayer. We are no closer to a political solution that will unite the various ethnic factions, quell the insurgency, and allow us to finally claim victory in Iraq as it is currently defined.

I say "as it is currently defined" because the ostensible goal of the war-- ridding the world of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, was accomplished by default when we discovered that there were none. Our current strategy, to rebuild Iraq and bring democracy to its people, is, unlike the aims of the first gulf war, or the original purpose of the 2nd, not a military goal. We are not fighting another nation, even indirectly, and the territory we are fighting over is not land, but the hearts and minds of the Arab world. We cannot win this battle with our military, and we are not winning.

How many more lives will be lost before we change course?

If I didn't have to be here at school, I would be marching through the Gulf Coast region with other Iraq veterans. ( As it is, I'll be attending an anti-war rally on Sunday here in Columbia, MO. It will be the first for me. Time to make good on my new year's resolution to stop whispering my dissent to this war and its conduct. Its not like I've been whispering it here, but blogging is kind of like shouting in the dark at people who already agree. If you feel like I do about the war, find out if there's a rally or vigil in your town, and show up. If you totally disagree with me, find out if there's a pro-war rally and show up. Our democracy is a sham if the people don't participate. The collective yap of the people of this country might be enough to frighten the corrupt, spineless politicians who control it into reconsidering their course of action. If you're in the silent majority who oppose this war, let your voice be heard, or you'll continue to be ignored.

3 Other Voices:

Sara said...

Hooray! Thanks for reminding me of the anniversary, dude! There's a huge huge huge rally/march downtown tomorrow. Fuck yeah! Portland rocks.... I wish I had a drum. I'd really like to bang a drum. Hmmmmm

Have fun!

3/18/2006 10:16:05 PM  
ThePoetryMan said...

I will put the Vet March link on my site... Thank you for the link.

3/22/2006 08:54:37 PM  
Bryan D. Catherman said...

What a long ass three years...

3/26/2006 10:29:32 AM  

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