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War is Over (if you want it)
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The war in Iraq is over.You know the one, the war that was never a war (when did we stop calling them ‘conflicts’?), it was a 10-year search for weapons of mass destruction which never materialized. I’m having a hard time conjuring any happiness at this turn of events.The first problem is that the troops who are coming home probably won’t stay here for very long.Many of our people did not complete their deployment, and so will likely be shipped right back out, probably to Afghanistan, where there seems to be no end to the fighting and not much progress being made.We plod about the Middle East wasting money, lives and resources, and to what end?You could practically taste the irony on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, when, after a decade of losing American lives on foreign soil, our biggest fear was that the heinous acts of 2001 would be revisited.Bin Laden and many of his cronies are dead. Nothing has changed.We have lent NATO a hand in ousting Libya’s despot of 42 years, only to have him executed by thugs and displayed publically in his rapidly decomposing glory, only to see radical Muslims seize control before the smell of gunpowder dispersed.Let’s not kid ourselves, it’s all about money.If Mexico were loaded with crude, I’ll bet we would be much more concerned with the murders, kidnapping, drug violence and human rights violations going on next door to us.Mexico has nothing to offer but drugs and a cheap labor force, both of which are apparently much more profitable if we maintain the status quo south of the border.I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if we had spent the last 10 years at home, employing all the resources and manpower that we have wasted to find a way to become independent of the Arab countries’ hold on our economy.