So the war started by Baby Bush, and supported by the then Prime Ministers of UK and Australia, is now 10 years and some days old.
The 10th anniversary is usually a milestone – a reason for a celebration. Whoop-dee-doo.
So let’s see why we have no reason to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this extreme abuse of power.
Why was the war started -
· as retribution for 9/11
· because Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction
· because Saddam Hussein tried to kill Daddy Bush
· more American soldiers were killed during the Iraq war than people were killed on 9/11
· more innocent women and children were killed during the 10 years of the war than on 9/11
· 10 years on, not one weapon of mass destruction has been found. In addition, evidence keeps coming to light about the multitude of reports given to the then USA Government which actually said that there was NO EVIDENCE of weapons of mass destruction
· innocent men, women and children are still being killed in Iraq
There was a recent report on CNN about James Blake Miller, also known as the “Marlboro Marine”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blake_Miller). The report brought me to tears. And he is not alone. Barack Obama has now brought the troops home, and how many more men and women like James Blake Miller are out there ? How many loyal men and women in uniform are desperately seeking help, both psychologically and physically ?
How many children are growing up without fathers or mothers ? Parents without their children ?
Trillions of dollars were spent on the Iraq war over the 10 year period. And you can add the Afghanistan war as well.
And who is paying the price ? People like James Blake Miller. Why ? Because the country has not made provision for the soldiers returning from battle. Yes, there’s the Veterans’ Organisation, but they are not able to cope with the sheer number of people who need help. And the country is a couple of trillion dollars in debt because of the war and cannot provide any better infrastructure.
And what of the Iraqis ? They are still killing each other. There are still car bombs. There are thousands of innocent victims of this war who will never be the same again.
So it seems in this war there were no winners, and the innocent have paid and will continue to pay.
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