Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Bring the boys back home

Why isn't any of this in the American papers? I suppose it's easier to believe that we are undertaking some sort of noble mission when one doesn't have to look at the product of our work and the streets slick with blood. Does anyone truly believe that Iraq is now a sovereign country when the American military rules the streets? Seeing this sort of thing sickens me. We've got a bunch of machine-gun wielding, scared, inexperienced kids in the middle of chaos, and their instinct is to shoot at anything that moves. The people in that picture looks like they're just teenagers. I don't see any weapons. Their clothes look like they might have come from J.C. Penny's. At least 47 more civilians dead this morning because of another car bomb. Our government says we won't leave Iraq until we've established "security". Don't they understand that our presence is why these civilian massacres are taking place? We've done whatever it was we came to do. It's time for us to get out so the people of that country can go back to living instead of just surviving.


Blogger Hekate said...

About the security in Iraq: I get emails from a man who is in Iraq as a medic. As part of a longer story, he told me this:
"Coalition forces include all the armed forces from all the countries helping us here. You know that. But then there are the ligitimate Iraqi forces. They are -in order of power from the lowest to the highest- the IP = Iraqi Police. These are young men who volunteer to serve as cops. The ICDC = Iraqi Civil Defense Corp = These include prior Iraqi soldier who surrendered and have 'changed' their evil ways and have now become 'new' men with their contry's best interest at heart. Then there is the ING = Iraqi National Guard. The officially (U.S & Coalition ) trained Iraqi Army. Officially control has been handed over to the Iraqi forces. We only support them. I won't get into the reality of how many times a day we are attacked but I'd say that ICDC have been observed planting road side bombs to kill us when we drive by."
I'm not sure how this fits in with everything, but it does make me wonder how secure it would be if we left. Obviously we can't just decide to go home tomorow, it will take time, but the way it is being done is causing more problems and death that it needs to.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

Right, we can't just pull out all at once--as much as I wish we could. But we need to begin the process.

"Officially control has been handed over to the Iraqi forces. We only support them."

Officially. The reason I say that we "rule the streets" is that our agreement with the Iraqi government gives our military forces full autonomy. The Iraqis can't tell us what to do or not do. And quite frankly, with the exception of lines of young men being car-bombed outside police stations as they wait to apply for jobs, I see only US military being attacked and doing the attacking. Yes, there is a "coalition of the willing" which includes 45,000 troops from the UK, and 2,000 from Australia, but very rarely are non-US troops targeted.

I really think that the majority of the violence in Iraq right now is directed at us, and without our presence the crossfire that civilians are being caught in will greatly diminish.

9:25 AM  

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