Let the trumpets sound and the drums beat as we march down main street. Look at the wonderful soldiers kissing their wives and hugging their children. What a great time to be an American citizen. Wait, they are starting to sing America the beautiful, let’s all sing together. Wow, I hear the power of a jet engine in the distance, look, look, there it goes, what an awesome jet. There is the float with General Patraeous, thank you General for the great leadership and bringing us VICTORY!!!!!!
Wait a minute, am I dreaming, there must be a victory parade for our troops and leaders as we have declared victory in Iraq and are bringing the troops home. I remember that when we won the revolutionary war, WWI, and WWII we had great parades and celebrated victory. Days were taken off of work and PAID by our employers as holidays. It was a time to let emotion out, raise a pint to our soldiers and thank them for protecting us and killing our enemies. We listened to speeches from our Generals and applauded their leadership. The ticker tape came down from the windows of skyscrapers as the troops in formation marched.
It seems as though in America today we don’t even know what to celebrate. How do you celebrate a war of lies and destruction of freedom. Do you force the American people to get on the street and cheer under orders of arrest and work camps if they don’t comply such as North Korea. Are there enough tele-prompters in the world to set up so that the “chosen” leaders speak to a set script? How could you have a parade and only allow the chosen few main stream media reporters to cover it so that only one message is reported as the “news”?
What would it mean to celebrate victory? Well at the first grade level it would mean defining a goal, and then clearly being able to say you met that goal. Something like, “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”. Oh, yes, that brings back some wonderful images of 2002 and then President Bush landing the fighter jet on the deck of an American Aircraft Carrier, with a huge banner strung across the communication tower with the words of “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”. So, if the mission was accomplished in 2002 then why in 2012 are we supposedly now declaring victory and removing our troops from Iraq?
Think about for just a minute. In the terms of monetary cost, we have spent a low estimate of over $6 TRILLION dollars on the “war”, “occupation”, of Iraq. In terms of human life over 5,000 soldiers killed, 30,000 with major wounds, mostly amputations, over 100,000 diagnosed with PTSD, suicide rates amongst soldiers five times higher than ever recorded, and estimates of over 500,000 Iraq military and citizens killed. In terms of Iraq’s future, America military used Depleted Uranium rounds in many cities, which now have deformities in children being born at one in five, cancer rates rising at over 500%, and notices from world health organizations for the woman of certain cities such as fallujah to never have children again.
Where were the weapons of mass destruction?
Where is the reduction in the price of gasoline by “stabilizing the region”?
Better question; now that we have “beaten” the Iraq enemy are we more free in America today and live without fear of the evil muslim terrorist killing me in the middle of the night?
Today if we had a parade would you attend. Would you go through radiation detectors that place your bodies into radiation baths. Would you let TSA agents perform body searches on you and your children, would you let men in full body armor walk next to you with black outfits named homeland security watch your every move. Would you let drones fly overhead surveilling you, recording you, scanning you and placing your face into a facial recognition data base.
Would you have much to celebrate with our “victory” in Iraq?
In the past ten years we have had parades for baseball, football, and hockey yearly “champions”. We have had parades for the rose bowl, and the new year, but yet no parade for the war in Iraq? Perhaps because you are starting to realize the war in Iraq was not on muslims 5000 miles away but on you and me……………
God help us……
- As Iraq War Ends, No Parade Planned for U.S. Troops (foxnews.com)
- As Iraq War ends, no parade for troops is imminent (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- As Iraq War ends, no parade for troops is imminent (newsok.com)
- With Iraq War Over, No Ticker Tape for Troops (usnews.com)
- Obama Administration Nixes Ticker-Tape Parade for Iraq War Troops (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- As Iraq War ends, no parade for troops is imminent (goerie.com)
- After 9-year Iraq War ends, no parades planned for returning U.S. soldiers (nj.com)
- End Of Iraq War Missing Traditional Milestone (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rick Perry: Obama is bad for not throwing a parade for the troops (dailykos.com)
- As Iraq War Troops Return, No Welcome-Home Parade Planned (huffingtonpost.com)
- Last US Troops Leave Iraq (huffingtonpost.com)