**For what I am about to say I only ask that you to give this point of view a thought with an open mind**
I understand that a great part of our nation is leaning towards bringing our troops home. I respect, understand, and appreciate that. Nothing would make me happier in my mind than to have all of our families out of harmâ€™s way. We as a nation decided to go into Iraq and take Saddam out of power. As a nation, remember that phrase. We also have a responsibility as a nation to help get Iraq on its feet. As a nation we went in there and caused this destruction and turmoil and in my mind we need to clean it up. Whether you believe we went for the wrong reasons or for the right reasons, we did all agree to go as a nation. Donâ€™t you remember being told to clean up after yourselves? I was raised to take responsibility for the actions you have done.
Now in understanding why everyone wants the troops to come home can you tell me the last good thing you heard out of Iraq in the media recently? I am going to challenge your minds and ask you why is that? Did you just answer the simple answer because nothing good is happening over there? Or did you say because that is what sells newspapers. If you answer with the first one, shame on you! You have just said our 3,606 troops have died for nothing? I for one refuse to believe that. As a nation we are trying to help rebuild this nation and make it a better place for the people. We are training their security forces and police. We are giving time to the new government to sit down and work out the different issues between different factions. It is going to take time. There is a lot of deep seeded anger over there against each other and us as well. But I am so tired of hearing the media only talk about the bad things that happen there or anywhere really for that matter. Even though I understand it is what makes them money and keeps people interested I wish they would be a little bit more even sided about the whole situation
Now let us talk about everyone saying we have had 3.606 troops killed over there and many more injured. People are saying the loss of life is too great. Let me help you out on this one ANY loss of life is too great! But we are going to have some in war and I want to start by saying it is tragic every life lost and every family affected by this I am sorry. But I believe they have died for what we as a nation decided to do and to walk away now would detrimental. We have made a commitment to these people when we toppled the old government. We have been over in Iraq for over four years now and which works out to about 902 troops killed a year. The Vietnam War was fourteen years from our start to finish and claimed 58,193 troops. That works out to 4,157 troops a year. Thatâ€™s a major difference for newspapers to be sitting here comparing these two wars. Just a little side note also in World War II we were in the war for four years and we lost an average of 101,825 troops in a year. Now to be fair the Gulf War by Senior Bush had an astonishing low loss of life. For the entire war we lost a total of 383 troops in that war. But again any loss of life is sad and tragic; but I donâ€™t think we are doing too badly in comparison to Vietnam.
I thought that was a crazy figure so I wanted to understand why it was so successful with such a low loss of life. Two reasons came to me in my research. One, the war last seven months, but that is still a better average than the Iraq war. And the second was because of the pure amount of troops sent over there. The Coalition was over 767,000 strong and Americans had 575,000 over there. In this Iraq war we started off with a total 300,000 troops and are currently at 175,000. They had four times the troops we have over there right now. There is something to be said for overwhelming an enemy and why I believe Bush is trying to get more troops over there.
I feel that our nation is changing and a lot of the younger generations are saying, â€œI had a bad up bringing that why I act the way I doâ€ or the â€œMom and Dad will get me out of this oneâ€. We need to be responsible; to me us turning away from Iraq at this point is as bad as having a kid and down the road when they are four or five years old you decide you dont want to deal with them anymore and pitch them out on the street. Who would do that? I want anyone to tell me thats okay. I also remember growing up and being asked who put their gum in the carpet and everyone went I donâ€™t know. Well that was the beginning of a spanking session for all four of the children until someone admitted to it. My Brother finally took responsibility after a period of time. It also taught us that there is a consequence for not taking responsibility like my brother, sister, and I were not happy campers at him and he had to do a lot make up what he put us through.
I truly with all my heart believe that we need to stay and live up to our agreements and our decisions. We have destroyed Iraq twice and the last time we walked away from the people and I feel that our politicians should be responsible for what they have done and that is destroyed a nation and put it on the brink of civil war. As a nation we need to stand together do our best to live by good morals and be responsible for what we have done and make a better tomorrow. To all the troops in harm's way stay safe and come home safe.
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Copyright © 2010 Steven Blake
Taking Responsibility For What We Do As A Nation
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