But Let's Continue to Throw Millions More of Our Tax Dollars Into Rebuilding It
by Peter Stern
After all, we did the same thing with Germany and Japan after World War II via our destruction of those nations with our bombings. After we dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima, destroyed the city and caused deaths and radiation mutilation to millions of Japanese, we then (almost guilt-ridden) soaked our tax dollars into rebuilding Japan, a task that lasted for decades. It took decades also to rebuild Hamburg and other German cities with American tax dollars. History repeats itself, as does the ongoing "war machine."
Now, Iraq stands without its legs. It is a country without real leadership or foundation. The people have lost their homes, schools and their traditional daily lives. The disruption includes no electricity, lack of fresh water and ongoing health issues. Since 1991 the U.S. has been hell-bent on removing the Hussein family regime and occupying Iraq. After almost 10 years of U.S. presence, civil unrest continues and suicide bombings kill dozens daily. Although finished in Iraq, the mayhem continues in Afghanistan.
Congress should pat itself on the back for a job well-done. We came, we conquered, we obliterated, but we did little to free and protect the people of Iraq. The majority want what people in the U.S. want: freedom to live their lives the way they want to; the right to educate their children who deserve a better way of life.