Short answer: It depends on your point of view…
As the news starts to try to dissect IRAQ War and analyze the price of freedom, I wonder why one variable is never included. I challenge anyone to ask an Iraqi woman now in her 20s, 30s or older… WAS IT WORTH IT? Ask an Iraqi what it was like to live in a constant state of fear from the Saddam’s thugs who made you and often your entire family disappear at night. Ask a political opponent of Saddam who kept his mouth and words silent knowing the outcome of speaking out. I know people hate politics but what if you knew you might be killed if you didn’t “win” an election? (You think American politics are dirty, you must have never left the US!).
I know some soldiers may question why, because their level of understanding is only at the tactical level and often more times than it should, they really don’t know or care to know how their day to day missions assist the overall goal. However, the media on the other hand, seems hell bent on trying to say Iraq was something it is not; OIL. Conspiracy theories seem to always spawn in conflict from those who have no idea about why and can only guess because their knowledge is always second hand and their source is the media. If it was all about the OIL, then why didn’t the BUSH/CHENEY administration seize, sell and hoard control over the Iraqi oil industry? Fact is that they didn’t. As a matter of fact they didn’t even use the IRAQI oil to “pay back” tax payers dollars spent on the war! So for all those who still believe in the bogyman Iraq/oil conspiracy… facts don’t lie, but people do. They will even write a book about their lie and their opinion. I will leave it at that.
Thank you to all who served, continue to serve or support a friend or loved one who did. As always thanks for reading.