Stop Calling It War!
Copyright © 2008 Bob Persons
August 28, 2008
Iraq's insistence on the withdrawal of American troops:
If this is not war, then John McCain's insistence on 'victory' is
'Withdrawal' does not have to mean zero American troops in Iraq. It can
mean no combat role for American troops. This is not 'defeat'. It is
recognizing the reality that our original mission is over:
- If it's to provide 'fire-fight' support for Iraqi troops under fire,
this is not war.
- If it's to be 'peace keepers', this is not war.
- Most of our allies (the so-called 'coalition of the willing') have
left, without declaring 'victory' or 'defeat.' Only some in America
insist on these terms.
- Iraq doesn't appear to be defining the course of events based on
notions of 'victory' or 'defeat.' Why should we?
That 'war' ended 5 years ago, with 'victory'. What is left is not war.
It's an occupation intended to force Iraq into a mold of our making.
Everything becomes much clearer if we stop calling it war.
- Find and destroy Saddam's weapons of mass destruction. (There were
- Cut Saddam's ties to al Qaida. (There were none.)
- Capture Saddam. (Done, 5 yrs ago).
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