Monday, February 19, 2007

Fighting for their Lives

American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are no longer "fighting for our freedom", but are instead defending their lives from suicide bombers, roadside bombs and missiles large enough to take down several helicopters over the past weeks. (For the record, if I hear one more person say the US is in Iraq/Afghanistan to defend our freedom, I'm going to scream. You can't defend something that was never at risk.)

Today was no exception:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents launched a brazen coordinated attack on a U.S. combat post Monday, sending in a suicide bomber and clashing with American troops. Two U.S. soldiers were killed and 17 wounded, the military said.
Casualities weren't as bad as they could have been, but tell that to the families of these fallen soldiers. Then keep in mind the amount of civilians who die everyday due to the various bombings taking place when they are just trying to live their lives as best they can, surviving from one day to the next.

Would we stand for this chaotic lifestyle here? I don't think so.

Saturday the insurgency debate was squashed but the resolution to send in more troops was not. Neither really does anything to stop Shrub, but it definitely sends a hard message to his regime; one that showed Congress was finally beginning to stand for public opinion and congresspersons didn't simply give blind faith to their party (7 repub's voted with the dem's).

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