The Iraq War: The Missing “Patriots”
I remember in 2009 when the “Tea Party” movement started, and there was this whole thing about protesting government spending and being against big government. Back then I did agree with the movement on many things, but as years passed by I became disillusioned and realized that they never really cared about true government corruption or anything else. Now, I say this because when the Iraq War was in full swing, I was in high school still trying to find my way in life. I saw the news media continually supporting the constant bombing and combat operations even when the tide against war was about to begin. I wasn’t in Iraq and didn’t join the military, but it affected me because my uncle served during Desert Storm and he told me how much he regretted serving in the first place. I remember the stories he would tell me, the people he met and those he was told to kill. I knew that he was truly contrite in his disgust for war and I knew that I could not see anyone else go through that. I remember being the only one in high school to speak out against the Bush administration and getting in trouble for it. Well, not enough to prevent me from graduating with honors.
And now today, the people who protested the war in Iraq have either voted for Obama or have remained opposed to any military adventure overseas. For the former, opposition to war was just for political expediency, (duh!). Look at what has happened with some of Obama’s allies, they are sounding as neocon as you can get. Now the reason I write this is for historical reference. I remember the Democratic Party back them opposing the war and now we are seeing a rush by many of the same to return to Iraq because of “humanitarian” reasons. What’s missing in this whole picture are the “patriots” who claimed to be against “dumb wars”. You want to know what happened to them? Look no further than the Democratic Party of today. It’s sad that we have to re-litigate this nonsense.
I hope that we continue to not be suckered in to fighting the battles that they themselves refuse to. And we must not be suckered by those who claimed that they were against war and against government abuse. Remember the past, so that the present is clear and the future is something to look forward to. Namaste.