Friday, March 19, 2010
7 Years of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Tomorrow is the 7th anniversary of the U.S. military's invasion of Iraq. During the past 7 years, approximately one million people have died, and many more have been refugees. The world was told that the war was necessary because Sadam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. He wasn't. We were told that the oil in Iraq would pay for the war. It didn't. War profiteering companies such as Halliburton, KBR, and Blackwater (now Xe) have made hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. Anyone who has ever studied religion and history knew that Iraq was made up of Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds, and they have a long history of hating each other. I quit driving my car to work in November of 2004 to protest the war, thinking that this symbolic action might help to point out that oil was the major factor in the decision to go to war. It didn't really work in retrospect. That car flooded one year later. I, like many people, had hope that Obama would end this unjust war. Sadly, it looks like we'll be waging war against "insurgents" in Iraq for a long time to come. Still I find myself apologizing for the actions of my government.