When will the war be over?

  1. Not the war on terror. There have always been terrorists. Not always political Jack the ripper, the Boston strangler, the Unibomber, etceter terrorized too.

    I mean when will we be able to declare victory in Iraq?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...-2003May9.html
    U.S. Troops Surround Iranian Opposition Group in Iraq

    Associated Press
    Saturday, May 10, 2003; Page A19

    CAMP ASHRAF, Iraq, May 9 -- The U.S. Army
    today surrounded camps of an Iranian opposition
    group in eastern Iraq, pointing tanks at its sentinels
    and demanding it lay down arms.

    Surrender negotiations between U.S. officials and
    the Mujaheddin-e Khalq continued past nightfall
    with no apparent resolution, though the Americans
    appeared confident of an agreement.

    The confrontation came three weeks after a truce
    between the Iranian rebels and the Army. But the
    group's well-armed force, which for years has
    fought Iran's Islamic rulers with the backing of
    Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government, poses a
    potential challenge to the U.S.-led coalition's
    authority as Iraq's military occupier.

    U.S. M1-A1 Abrams tanks lined nearby
    highways, and helicopters flew low over the
    low-slung sandstone buildings that are Camp
    Ashraf, the group's headquarters, about 60 miles
    north of Baghdad. U.S. officials said thousands of
    Mujaheddin fighters were inside.

    Under the April 15 truce, the Mujaheddin-e Khalq
    could keep its weapons to defend itself against
    Iranian-backed attacks but had to stop manning
    checkpoints it had set up. U.S. military
    commanders "don't want two armed forces in the
    area," said a military spokesman, Capt. Josh
    Felker.

    Felker indicated the standoff with the group --
    listed by the United States as a terrorist
    organization since the 1990s -- could be resolved
    peacefully. "As far as I know, they are agreeing to
    capitulate at this time," he said.

    The Mujaheddin-e Khalq was allied with Ayatollah
    Ruhollah Khomeini's Islamic fundamentalists during the 1979 revolution that overthrew Shah Mohammad
    Reza Pahlavi, but the new government soon banned it and other groups that advocated secular rule.

    During the 1970s, the group was accused in attacks that killed several U.S. military personnel and civilians
    working on defense projects in Iran, although the group denies targeting Americans. It reportedly backed
    the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

    2003 The Washington Post Company
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on May 10, '03
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Sadly, as long as their are radical fanatics on EITHER side, it will NEVER "be over".....

    the struggle will continue for generations after we are long gone. Very disheartening at times.
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Do you think the USA will have troops in Iraq when our grandchildren reach old age?
    Will they live that long.?

    Is it hopeless to pray for peace?

    President Bush said this war was waged for peace.

    If he believes in peace while starting a war am I nuts to hope and pray there may be a time of peace as the Bible says?
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on May 10, '03
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It is NEVER hopeless.......but it is realistic to believe that this won't end in our lifetimes. Being realistic is NOT synonymous with being HOPELESS. Get my drift? Without hope, you may as well quit living.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    I think I understand.
    Remember the "locus of control" we learned in nursing school? It becomes a balance like the AA prayer. Hard to know what to work to change and what to accept.

    It just seems we need to figure out a way for us complicated humans to interrupt the cycle of violence, revenge, violence.
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    I went to mass this morning. The priest said, "There is now a world wide movement to abolish war. Just as there was first a movement then abolition of slavery, people are working for the abolition of war."
  8. by   Mkue
    I think the first step to abolishing war is to pray that the Evil people in the world will reform, those who are Terrorists, commit crimes against their own people and harbor terrorists .. As long as there is Evil in the world there will be conflict.
  9. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by mkue
    I think the first step to abolishing war is to pray that the Evil people in the world will reform, those who are Terrorists, commit crimes against their own people and harbor terrorists .. As long as there is Evil in the world there will be conflict.
    I agree mkue. Also, religion plays a big factor with peace...sad, isn't it.

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