Two more US soldiers have been killed in Iraq. Yes, that Iraq — the Iraq that never attacked the United States or even threatened to do so — the Iraq that the US government invaded and has occupied for umpteen years under the rubric of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
What did those two soldiers die for? They died for the same thing that 58,000 US soldiers died for in Vietnam — nothing.
They certainly didn’t die for freedom. Just as the North Vietnamese were never threatening the freedom of the American people, neither is anyone in Iraq, including ISIS, the group that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq brought into existence.
The Pentagon announced that it has retaliated for the killings by bombing an “Iranian-backed militia” that the Pentagon is “confident” was responsible for the killing.
And then what? Then that Iranian-backed militia retaliates by killing more US soldiers, which then motivates the Pentagon to retaliate again, which causes the Iranian-backed militia to retaliate again.
That’s how this entire sordid process has turned into a perpetual “war on terrorism,” one that sacrifices US soldiers for nothing and, in the process, ends up destroying our rights and liberties here at home in the name of keeping us “safe” from the enemies that the Pentagon (and the CIA) are producing over there.
What business do US soldiers have in Iraq? No business at all. The longer they are kept there, the greater the chance that more of them will be dying for nothing.
Reprinted with permission from the Future of Freedom Foundation.