Kind of Red

March 19, 2009

Between Iraq and a Hard Place

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Painted One @ 11:23 pm

FROM WHENCE come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  3   Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 James 4:1-3

Bombs Over Baghdad

On this day six years ago the United States-led coalition began bombing the Iraqi city of Baghdad.  President Bush addressed the nation nearly an hour after the initial bombing began, and stated the purpose of the U.S.-led invasion was to “disarm Iraq, free its people, and to defend the world from grave danger.”  He further declared:

The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.  We will meet that threat now, with our Arm, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of fire fighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities.

Since that fateful evening, hindsight has rendered even the most ardent supporters of our efforts in Iraq with the ability to observe such efforts were initiated on false pretenses. Time Magazine has chronicled our six-years in Iraq in photographs, and noted how the War’s sixth year anniversary has witnessed escalating violence and increased uncertainty.  Regardless of your stance on our invasion and ensuing conflict, this is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the level of carnage and destruction that has transpired since this time six years ago, and remember from whence wars come.   To give you a clue, it’s not weapons of mass destruction.

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