The Iraq War Is Over, How Do You Feel?

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…

Three Iraqi girls giggle as they watch Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers perform a routine search of their house and surrounding land during a joint patrol in Shula, Iraq, on June 19, 2008. The U.S. Soldiers are part of 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Brigade, 502nd Infantry Regiment. (DVIDSHUB)

Three Iraqi girls giggle as they watch Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers perform a routine search of their house and surrounding land during a joint patrol in Shula, Iraq, on June 19, 2008. The U.S. Soldiers are part of 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Brigade, 502nd Infantry Regiment. (DVIDSHUB)

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.

April 8, 2003  Jubilant residents of Najaf cheer on soldiers of 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

April 8, 2003 Jubilant residents of Najaf cheer on soldiers of 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

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…

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7 Responses to The Iraq War Is Over, How Do You Feel?

  1. Daniel Nicholson October 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    “Only the dead have seen the last of war” Plato

  2. Knottie October 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Daniel,

    The young dead soldiers do not speak.
    Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
    who has not heard them?
    They have a silence that speaks for them at night
    and when the clock counts.
    They say: We were young. We have died.
    Remember us.
    They say: We have done what we could
    but until it is finished it is not done.
    They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
    no one can know what our lives gave.
    They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
    they will mean what you make them.
    They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for
    peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,
    it is you who must say this.
    We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
    We were young, they say. We have died; remember us.
    Archibald MacLeish

  3. Kei October 29, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Love your words. Do you mind if I share this post by Archibald MacLeish?

  4. Knottie October 29, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Kei… Yes. Its in my notes on facebook also.

  5. Jose Velez March 27, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I feel………Angry! I want to set some kitties on fire.

  6. William March 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    It is with great frustration and regret that I admit, I am not happy that we have called an end to actions in Iraq. After serving two tours there, I have seen the good and bad. I have met some truly great people, that I believe, now have to fend for themselves. leaving Iraq creats many questions for me, Are they ready? Did we do all that we could? What of the friends that I have made? What of the people that put thier lives on the line to help us? Will my son, who recently joined, have to fight a war that we could have and should have finished. I have heard arguments to the contrary of the way I feel. They seem to fall short of giving me the answer I crave “Did we really do the right thing”.

  7. Nick May 16, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    My older brother served in the Infantry when he was 19 years old and served three tours in Iraq. The war will always be with him due to the trauma that he has sufferd from. After being blown up 8 times from IEDS he lives with PTSD and its a terrible thing, EVERYONE should support our troops and my heart goes out to you and your family

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