Today is the 5th anniversary of the US military operations in Iraq. World over, there is an increasing distaste over the US operations . Nearly 4,000 US soldiers have lost their lives. More than 30,000 US soldiers have been wounded. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed. Millions have been forced to flee their homes. Suicide rates amongst US soldiers have increased by atleast 10%. About half a trillion US dollars have been spent on this mission, and another 2.5 trillion US dollars will be spent on the continuing US operations. No Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were discovered in Iraq.And yet Al Qaeda is still alive and running!
Enough fodder for one to question the usefulness of this magnanimous sacrifice of human lives and money! However, George Bush , in a speech marking the 5th anniversary of Iraqi operations sticks firmly to his stand. He says that the operations have made the world a safer place to live in.
After the initial embarrassment of not finding any WMD's , it was claimed that Saddam's Government had links to the Al Quaeda, which is still is not proved. Later it was said that Iraq was funding the Palestinian Suicide bombers which didn't seem to be true. Finally it was the oil in Iraq which was blamed for all the burning. The invasion resulted in the gory execution of Saddam, and finally the civil war between the Shias and the Sunnis in Iraq. Many people have begun to wonder if Iraq was after all just another Veitnam, a huge waste of precious lives and money!
In the wake of all this, one is astounded at the ability of Bush to still cling on to his veiws. A better leader might just realise the folly and call his troops back!!