Sunday, February 11, 2007

More Lives Sacrificed Than Lost

Category: Issue 6, News Winners

I read in the news that the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq has gone over 3,000. That is more than the number of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

This count does not include soldiers that died in Afghanistan. The 9-11 attack is credited to Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban. American forces invaded Afghanistan to remove the Taliban from power (done) and capture Osama Bin Laden (not done). American forces then invaded Iraq to remove Sadam Hussein from power (done). It was believed that he was building weapons of mass destruction (not found) and sponsoring terrorism (not proven yet). Terrorism hasn’t gone away.

Our government has a habit of reminding us about 9-11 to justify our presence in Iraq. Have we paid a big enough price now that we have lost more lives trying to “stop terrorists” than we did when the terrorists attacked us on our own soil? Even now there are plans to send even more soldiers to Iraq.

The current fighting in Iraq is between two different religious factions. It is not a war of Americans versus Terrorists. Was it ever really that in Iraq? We have put ourselves in a position where we cannot win and it’s not the first time. We did the same thing in Vietnam.

I don’t care about winning or losing. My worry is that more lives will be lost. I believe the soldiers over seas, from all nations, are doing what they feel is right. I believe they are doing their best. I wish they were home and safe rather than dying on foreign soil.

It is beyond time to bring the troops home. Please don’t sacrifice more lives under the guise of avenging those that were taken.