We went into Iraq because we were told they were collecting weapons of mass destruction to destroy us. When no WMDs were found, we changed our mission to impose democracy upon them.
Then, for 10 years, we allowed al-Maliki to establish an exclusive power base even though we know that, in a healthy democracy, all segments of society must, at the least, feel included.
The only logical conclusion is that it was and is still all about oil.
What could be more hypocritical than for us to be exporting the concept of democracy when our elected officials and their decisions have been bought and paid for by the wealthy 1 percent, hiding behind their corporations, when 80 percent of our citizens are so apathetic or so disenfranchised that they don't even bother to vote, when our local police have been militarized and trained to "shoot to kill?" Does that sound like a healthy democracy?
For every enemy we kill, 10 more are created by "collateral damage." Now we can even isolate our soldiers from actually looking into their eyes by killing them with unmanned drones.
They kill in the most primitive fashion while we kill in the most sophisticated one. But the result is the same: brutal death.
Now a "new" enemy has emerged, and we are again sending in "advisers." The war drums are again beating.
What new advice do we have to give? What an incredible waste of resources! This is a problem that can not be solved militarily.
When will this spiral of violence stop? When does this insanity end?
The terrorist is not around us, it is within us, fueled by fear. If we allow fear to dictate our actions, a police state will prevail.
We have met the enemy and it is us. War without end. Amen.