I feel compelled to write something about Iraq today on account of it being the fifth anniversary of the war but it’s hard to know what to say that hasn’t already been said. I’m not even sure of my views on the current situation – on whether Western troops should now leave Iraq or whether the we broke it, we fix it principle should apply. Arguments can be made for both views but whatever we think, and although the current situation is unsustainable, it’s clear that Iraq still needs a strong peace-keeping force and much more humanitarian aid.
It continues to sicken me that the Iraq war – the trillion dollar war that Paul Wolfowitz said would pay for itself, has opened up bundles of opportunities for corruption and exploitation like never before by the dirty war profiteers.
But what I really wanted this post to mean . . . is to remember the innocent victims of Iraq. We all know that the impact of war goes on long after the conflict itself has ended. And the list of victims in this war continues to grow. We shouldn’t forget that it’s not just Iraqi’s who have suffered losses because of this futile war . . . mothers and fathers of service personnel have lost their sons and daughters . . . . and thousands of servicemen and women have returned home with serious psychiatric problems or permanent physical injuries.
But ultimately, it has to be said that the Iraqi’s have suffered the most and continue to do so and we absolutely have an obligation to assist them in rebuilding their country and their lives.