Baghdad Falls - And the Spinning Continues

  1. Well, today, the city of Baghdad is out from under the control of Saddam Hussein. And, OH MY GOD, the Iraqi citizens, who we have been repeatedly told DID NOT WANT US THERE are singing in the streets, pulling down statues of SH, hitting those statues with their shoes (the most vile insult, in the Arab world). They are waving Iraqi, British, and (horrors!) American flags. Many carried posters showing a smiling George W. Bush. One poster proclaimed Bush the hero of the peace. It was just reported that Iraqi citizens ran reporters from Al Jazeera (the Arabic television network) completely out of Iraq, angered at the way they reported on the war.

    And even here, the spin continues. Those who opposed the war from the outset now look for ways to denegrate the victory, and what has been accomplished. "Let's remember, whatever has been accomplished, we are only there for the oil." (What arrent nonsense. Long since disposed with.) "Was it a war, or was it just a massacre?" (Massacre, primarily because our military forces in the country are that good. And thank God for that.) Even in the face of facts, we are still bombarded with foolish conjecture about why we are really there, about what we have really accomplished. I guess it isn't really about the war, though. As I have always suspected, its some who are STILL mad that their candidate (Al Gore, of course) lost. In short, it isn't conscience, its politics.

    So, in the face of all that, I just have a few things I want to say. First, just for today, I'm going to feel DAMN proud of our military, and what they have accomplished, and continue to accomplish. The boot of a murderous regime has been removed from the backs of a people, with minimal casualties to our forces, and minimal casualties to non-combatants. WELL DONE.

    Just for today, I will celebrate with the Iraqi people, who no longer need live in terror of torture, imprisonment, and death at the hands of a brutal dictator. I will cry tears of joy with Iraqi mothers, who no longer need fear for their children who don't wish to be junior Baathists.

    And just for today, no matter how unpopular it may make me with some of you, I will say to President Bush, and to the leaders of the countries who joined us in this fight, well done. Your foresight, your intelligence, and your courage has led to freedom for an oppressed people. Your convictions have brought down a regime that supports terror in the world, and you have made us all just a little safer. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

    I thank our troops who have placed their lives on the line to make this happen. You did so, even though there were those at home who hit the streets in protest of what you were doing, and in so doing provided aid and comfort to the enemy you faced. History, and I, will remember you for your courage and your compassion.

    Kevin McHugh
    Last edit by kmchugh on Apr 9, '03
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   Dplear
    Kevin,

    May i correct one thing in what you say? I AM ALWAYS DAMN PROUD of our Military men and women. I know that you are also that way as well as Susy and a few others.

    I AM DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN TODAY AND I WILL BE DAMN PROUD TO BE ONE TOMORROW AND THE YEAR AFTER THAT!!!!!

    I am also DAMN PROUD to have seved our country in the Military, and in my heart I envy those serving right now in Iraq. To be able to know in your heart that you have directly helped a people...a nation...to be free by your direct actions must be a wonderous feeling and one that you will carry for the rest of your life.

    Dave
  4. by   curious
    Good for you. That is your right as an American.
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Kevin is back and in the house.
  6. by   nursenoelle
    Nobody will ever be able to take away the joy that the troops in Iraq nor the Iraqi people feel today. I am proud and moved and humbled. I can't imagine how it must feel over there.
  7. by   kmchugh
    Edited to remove what I posted. I am not convinced I was correct, and don't want to assume what someone's convictions are.

    KM
    Last edit by kmchugh on Apr 9, '03
  8. by   Mkue
    I share the PRIDE !

    Seeing American/Iraqi's waving the American Flag in Michigan today and the same flag today on top of an American tank in Baghdad.. words cannot express my gratitude to the Coalition forces. Those who are here to celebrate today and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
  9. by   kmchugh
    I just realized, I forgot to ask. What happened to those "thousands of body bags" that were supposed to be returned to the US with the bodies of US service members so many of you predicted?

    KM
  10. by   DebsZoo
    :stone
    Last edit by DebsZoo on Apr 20, '03
  11. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Originally posted by mkue
    I share the PRIDE !

    Seeing American/Iraqi's waving the American Flag in Michigan today and the same flag today on top of an American tank in Baghdad.. words cannot express my gratitude to the Coalition forces. Those who are here to celebrate today and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
    I competely agree, Marie!
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Like I said in another thread, I was dead-set against war. I had my reasons, like many. But let me affirm here, I am proud of our military men and women. I am a veteran and wife of active-duty military man. I cannot *NOT* support our troops and I know ours is the most powerful, well-equipped and educated military in the world. Yes, I am proud.

    Now, I hope the Iraqi people can get together the government they wish and deserve and we can get our folks home and tackle issues close to home as well. I will shake the hands of those who served so bravely and faithfully and I will thank their families for their sacrifices each and every chance I get---- because they deserve this respect and I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE having a loved one go off to war. Let's pray for a brighter future for the Iraqi people, our own country and that of the world.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 9, '03
  13. by   Q.
    Beautiful post Deb. Really. I know you were opposed to the war, but I admire how you separate things into its own respective issue and judge them individually.

    Kevin. I missed you tremendously and am glad to read your words again. I agree 100% with your post above. I know there are good and bad in most actions, but for today, I just wish that we can all feel moved and humbled by what was witnessed today and appreciate it for its goodness.

    It's not anymore complicated than that, despite the fact that some people are out to make it more complicated.

    Today was a good and joyous day. What could have been our worst nightmare in Baghdad was not. It's just that simple. Today was a good day.
  14. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Yes, Deb. It's refreshing to hear somebody who is anti-war not stoop to generalizations and emotion. You chose not to jump on the bandwagon, and agree with absolutely everything every other anti-war postion stated, just for the sake of it.

    By the way, I'm just curious if you still think we should've/could've gone about it in a better way. NO disrespect intended, I value your opinion.

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