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Pick up any newspaper or point your web browser to any major or minor news publication and questions like these will be all over them. A lot of Americans feel that the War on Terror and our presence in Iraq has lasted too long. Are they correct? Should we pull out and call it quits? Should we have another repeat of the Vietnam War? Believe it or not, that's how a lot of people view this war, as another Vietnam. They feel that we are out there, putting the American nose into something that shouldn't be picked. But they are not entirely true.
[I] feel that the war in Iraq was a justifiable one and that it was something that was needed. Saddam Hussein was a dictator who ruled with an iron fist and if someone opposed him or he didn't like anyone, he found a way to "eliminate" them. He was starting to become a threat not only to himself, but to his neighboring countries. Back in the early 1990's, he was a threat to Kuwait and we helped quell that conflict, but because the American public did not want the troops or the president to go any further, they held back for one reason or the other.
The War in Iraq has sparked an abundance of criticism since its start in March of 2003. Now, four year later, the criticism has only intensified. The fact of the matter is that upon invasion of Iraq four years ago, the reasons were justifiable based on the evidence at hand. Our American troops, some 3,386 of our armed service members have given their lives for a cause that they felt was just, according to an Associated Press count that was conducted on Friday, May 11, 2007 (Associated Press, 2007). The devastating number is a cruel reminder as to how dangerous a war can be in general, but even more so when guerrilla warfare is present. In general, the majority of surveys conducted nationwide, showed that the public feel that the war has gone on a much greater period of time than anticipated, and now want the American troops to come home. The question at hand is how to withdraw the troops, safely, without leaving the country of Iraq with devastating effects. Officials may speculate amongst themselves and debate the matter in full intensity, but no answer has ever been reached.
As the months go on, more and more evidence is apparent to the general public as to why we have staked our stay in Iraq so long.
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Off topic for a bit now, in contrast to the above mentioned arguments, here is the big question and/or issue to be addressed, the 800-pound gorilla in the corner, if you will. Why are we Still in Iraq? Here is a little truth that most people don't know; real apes max out at around 400 pounds. But this is the important thing: even if you could magically supersize a 400-pound gorilla into an 800-pound one, you wouldn't want to because the larger variety wouldn't be twice as scary. In fact, it would have trouble holding up its own body mass. This result from a fundamental rule that applies to animals, skyscrapers, organizations, and even Free Countries: Scaling up is more than a matter of sizing up.
Back on topic, our 800-pund gorilla is really: Why are we still in Iraq? There were many important reasons to topple Saddam, terrorism being one of them. The root causes of terrorism, I think, are the lack of capitalism, the lack of democracy, and of course, the lack of modern education. What have stood in the way of those things have primarily been the regimes of Iraq, Iran, and Syria. We only have at least one of them out of the way.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, describes war as a large-scale conflict involving two or more groups of people. (Source)) So it makes sense that we are still occupying Iraq, because by all accounts, there is still conflict and until that ceases to exist I feel we should be there indefinitely. The Wikipedia site also states the factors leading to war are often complicated and due to a range of issues, where disputes arise over issues, such as territory, sovereignty, resources, or ideology. This is clearly a case of ideological beliefs.
Some hostilities, such as an insurgency or a civil war, may persist for long periods of time with only a low level of military activity. (Turchin, 2005) In some cases there is no negotiation of any official treaty, but fighting may trail off and eventually stop after the political demands of the belligerent groups have been reconciled, a political settlement has been negotiated, or combatants are gradually killed or decide the conflict is futile. (Van Creveld, 2000)
So give our opponents their capitalism, democracy and modern education. Let them fight for those three-story houses, trophy wives, and those fucking Lamborghinis. To quote maybe one of the coolest fictional races of cyborgs in the universe, "Resistance is Futile." (20th Century Fox, 2001)
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