Thursday, March 03, 2005

Was It Worth It?

After learning today that the casualty for American Soldiers fighting in Iraq had reached 1500, I paused for a second and asked myself the question,was it worth it? Was losing 1500 KIA and tens of thousands mamed and injured worth the invasion of Iraq?I pondered that thought for a while and finally, it dawned on me that it was all according to who you ask.If you ask the families of the casualties , I would think that they would not think so. After all, who would feel it was worth losing a loved one for anything? No amount of money in this world , nor any lofty goal, is worth me losing even a distant cousin, and I have a few of those.

I have seen the families of some of the casualties and I have seen them differ on weather or not the war was just, however, I have'nt seen them answer the question, was it worth it?Was it worth you losing your loved one for the invasion of Iraq? Notice that I did not say the liberation of Iraq because that country is still not free. They are still being occupied and they are still faced with a deadly insurgency.So, what have we accomplished?We have captured Saddam Hussein, killed thousands of Iraqis,freed an Iraqi boy band so they don't have to practice in their car anymore. We have also opened up a Sovereign Iraq, not a sovereign state, because we still occupy it,Sovereign as in the Bank Sovereign. I called my bank two nights ago,and was shocked to hear someone proudly announcing they were taking my call from Sovereign Iraq.I thought , how ironic, we did'nt respect the country's sovereignty enough not to invade, yet we have outsourced american jobs to Iraq already.Besides being barely able to underastand them, they offered little help in the way of resolving my issue. I had to wait until the next business day and go down to my local branch!

In closing, I can't answer that question,Was it worth it? I can't answer that because I paid no price ,except the inconvenience of having to go down to my local bank.The real people that can answer that question, don't want to answer that question because the price for them may have been too high, in my humble opinion.


Blogger flyno20 said...

>I had to wait until the next business day and go down to my local branch!

War is hell.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

If we go on the assumption that liberating the Iraqi people would help bring about freedom and individuality in the Middle East, then I would say that it has been a huge success. If we actually try to say that we liberated an area larger than the state of Texas with 0 casulties, then it would be a failure. A military action always winds up killing someone even it is just an exercise. Accidents have claimed many lives. Have some of our soldiers and Marines been killed by terrorists? Certainly, but I am sure that if someone joins the military they have to assume that at some point they might get shot at. Thank G_d Jimmy Carter wasn't President or for that matter Bill Clinton. We went in Bosnia for a peace-keeping mission and you want to know what a quagmire is? Look at that. 10 years and nothing has changed at all. THAT'S YEARS, PEOPLE. And now we talk about what a failure Iraq has been. We are talking months. So, either you are for military action or against it, but you can't have it both ways. And, no, I was not in the military, but my kid is headed that way and I am soooooo proud. I think that I might sing the National Anthem right now. All together, soundboyz....ah1, ah2, ah3......Ooooh say can you see....

3:22 PM  
Blogger Houston said...

self righteous americanism. beleive it or not, the one-eyed JayEyeGee knows bout this subject. so much hell create a post about it.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

Self-righteous, because we are good. If anyone can believe otherwise, they ain't been there. I don't think that the people that badmouth our country think about what they are saying because there is no other place in the world, other than Costa Rica that you can speak up about your government. And there is nowhere else in the world that would allow its number 4 person to be black and female.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Nzyme said...

This photo was sent to me a couple of months ago by a soldier in Iraq. He has been there for over a year and says he is tired of seeing this. My point? Blood is being shed on BOTH sides. Is it worth it? Has the loss of life in ANY war EVER fought been worth it? HELL, NO!! Yet humanity doesn't value itself. It's all about GREED and POWER. So we won't rest until it's lights out for planet Earth.... "Can a sista get beamed up? Scotty, do you hear me?"

9:33 PM  
Blogger Wasp Jerky said...

No, unless you consider cheap gas to be worth thousands of dead bodies.

10:28 PM  
Blogger soundboyz said...

now we're starting to talk.This is good.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Nzyme said...

Oh, and hey, a puppet is a puppet no matter the color. I'm not impressed!

2:15 AM  
Blogger Imara said...

I'm an RN, and although I don't work directly with Veterans, I can tell you the physical and emotional price is overwhelming. A leader can not/should not ask his people to do something that he wasn't willing to do himself. To say that death is a part of war is not enough. It is our patriotic duty to hold our country accountable for what it does in our name.

12:18 PM  
Blogger soundboyz said...

I'm in total agreement with Imara, President Bush was a coward when it was time for him to do the "hard work".Now , he is ordering other people's children to fight and die for his unnecessary war. Iraq posed no threat to the US. They were not involved in the attacks of 9-11.He should be held accountable, regardless of what excuse he uses this week for our troops going to war in Iraq!

2:44 PM  

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