The Iraq war is over. I hope for good but I have my lingering fears that my grandchildren may have to return and finish something we have failed to.
Experts say its time. We did a good thing and the Iraqi people will flourish. I hope they are correct. I worry about the “terps” and their families. I hope they face no brutal retaliation for helping free their nation.
I think my one of my fears is that now our Fallen and wounded from Iraq will be forgotten. I saw signs of that when the news shifted to Afghanistan. Iraq? We are still at war there? But then majority of this nation sadly is unaware of what we really did in Iraq and what we are doing in Afghanistan. After all it hasn’t cut into their TV or shopping.
A part of my son will forever be tied to Iraq. And I hope that this withdrawal puts me one step closer to going to the nation he helped free. I someday want to touch the soil he took his last breath on. Feel his spirit in it and to see the light of hope and freedom in the eyes of the people he both hated and cared about. And he did… he hated that they were fighting over control of each other. He hated their violence but yet he met Iraqi people who made him smile and laugh. I could see it in his eyes as he danced with the Iraqi police officers being silly and making the best of a horrible situation. He loved the children. He spoke often of the little kids…
I have asked Combat soldiers who served in Iraq their thoughts and got the same mixed reactions I have in my own heart and head. People have asked me how I feel and I can’t honestly answer because I truly don’t know how I feel. Its not like I wanted this war to go on forever but I truly don’t want to fail and just pull out because a date on a “agreement” says we have to. I know we did great things in Iraq. But did we let the roots of freedom take a firm enough hold. I guess in the years to come I will know whether we were done or if we needed to stay a little longer.
To the Iraqi people… I wish for you freedom and joy. I hope you take this gift of a new chance and make it into a happy life for your children and grandchildren. I hope you never allow your faith to be used to enslave and brutalize you again. Live free and knowing that Our Military did come to bring you peace. That they wanted for you want they want for their own families.
To Americans…. Be grateful for the freedoms and opportunities you have. Because if you are not it may be the Iraqis who have to return the favor and come free us from our own ungrateful greed induced oppression.
To All Those who served in Iraq… Thank you. You did a good thing. Be proud.
Pokey, My dear sweet son… The war in Iraq is over. The people there have the seeds of freedom and the tools to make those seeds grow. You and you ‘brothers’ did good son…