I get this. Really I do, and it moved me.
I think about these things.
I think about the potential for freedom for Iraq's people. I think about the potential of a free world.
And I think about the price that has to be paid for freedom. The problem is that part of that price must come from those who want to be free and we have no way of knowing just how many Iraqis are really willing to pay that price. It seems to me that if people want to be free, if they're willing to fight and maybe die to be free, the appropriate thing to do would be to let them make that decision, wouldn't it?
A civil war is brewing in Iraq and it doesn't seem to promise anything but years of pain and death and suffering for the Iraqis, so what has this invasion to do with "bringing freedom" anyhow?
This is the wrong war at the wrong time being fought in the wrong way.
The people of Iraq, many of whose lives weren't that wonderful to begin with, are paying the price of our arrogant, decision to turn their country into a battleground. We deliberately turned Iraq into a lightning rod for Middle East terrorist groups, in a selfish desire to keep them away from USofA soil.
It was the thought of our government that they'd rather fight an all-out war on someone else's soil. I understand that. I really do.
But where is it written that it's our choice to pick a country we don't like and to decide to turn it into a battleground? What gives us the right?
Nothing gives us the right, okay? This invasion was unconscionable.
The Iraqi people weren't consulted. They didn't get a vote. They don't have a choice. And they're dying by the thousands.
We had the option. We had a choice. And we chose to invade their country and kill tens of thousands of them.
It's just wrong.