After nine years, the US troops leave Iraq. This is not just an end of a war; to some people, this is also a hope that the US will think twice, before it goes into another war. No war is wanted, but some are justified more than the others. It may sound childish, but war is unavoidable sometimes. When Iraq occupied Kuwait, the US fought Iraq for justified reason. At that time, most of the world also supported the US.
 
This time it was different. After 9/11, when the whole world stood by the US for the indescribable event, the US decided to go to war with Iraq. At that time, we saw how the US lost the sympathy of the whole world. At the end, the US found no trace of nuclear weapons in Iraq; the cause that was presented to us and the world to justify the war.
 
In nine years of war, the US lost about 4,500 members from its force. About 33,000 were wounded. The war cost the US $1 trillion. Some estimate this figure should be $1.6 trillion. The coalition also lost their troops - we must not forget that. In return, the US and the coalition gained nothing.
 
However, the ultimate price was paid by the Iraqi civilians and, unfortunately, they will be paying for many years to come. It is estimated that about 113,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in nine years of war. Now they are left with many insurgent groups including Al Qaeda, the Shiite militias supported by Iran, the Sunnis made up of former members of the ruling Bath party, and other homegrown others.
 
Here are my concerns:
 
1. The weak Iraqi government will not be able to control the situation there, and the whole world will pay the price in the future because of the overwhelming increase in terrorist groups.
 
2. Iran will find its way in Iraq to control them in every way possible.
 
3. The insurgent groups will have access to the short range missiles and use them if necessary.
 
Despite my fear, I am glad that the US has decided to end the bloody war in Iraq. Now the question is when will the US declare the end of the Afghanistan war?
 
Here is the good news - our boys and girls will be home for Christmas!
 
Summary: After nine years, the US and the coalition leave Iraq gaining nothing, but a bad taste and now it's time to leave Afghanistan.
 
(Was Published in viewshound.com in November, 2011)

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Kumar Ghosh

Kumar Ghosh

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