The USA can't just pull out of Iraq though, that would be like an admission of defeat to the terrorists that are killing off our soldiers. Yes, they are terrorists.
The American soldiers, right now, are there to keep the country somewhat secure until a stable (or as stable as possible) government can be put in place by Iraqis and wsterners working together. I don't buy the statements by Bush that the Iraqi government will be 100% constructed and ran by Iraqis. That's a lie. There will be some control by the UN or western nations that will still exist in some levels of the government because the last thing the US, UK, or other parties want is another corrupt government rising in Iraq.
These soldiers include kids 18 and 19 years old who are only there because their country and their president ordered them to be there. I'm sure most if not all of them wish they didnt have to be there right now. All of them have families who want to see them come home safely. I dont call the people who kill off these kids "freedom fighters". They're not. They're killing people that truly have no say in whether the occupation continues or not. All they're doing is trying to scare the US government enough to force them to leave.
I'm sick of the whole thing. I truly am. Every time I turn on CNN I hear about a new soldier that's died, or a new downed helicopter. A bombing at a public place or people being injured in blasts meant to kill. I'm fed up with the damn thing. I try to avoid the news on CNN because I'm sick of hearing about it. The saddest part of it all is if they'd just knock off the killing and let their new government establish itself, the american troops would leave. The troops arent going anywhere until the USA and UK are sure of the country's stability, and when there's car bombs going off practically daily in Baghdad, that doesnt send a message of stability to the world. The troops remain.
The terrorists are stupid. If they truly want everyone gone as soon as possible, they'd allow the country to present a false sense of security to the world. But think about it.....they don't really want us to leave alive, do they. They're fighting their holy war and for every 19 year old life they take, that's two more virgins waiting in heaven for them. They dont care about us. All they want is death, death to anyone from, representing, or having values similar to the western world.
Terrorists. They have no soul.
And if there's one other thing that I've learned about all this, it's that the world truly does hate America, and Americans. People think American media is the only one that spreads propaganda. Check the european media as well, folks, or the russian media, or just about any newspaper or news network in the world. They are all biased. All of them slant the information to their own purposes. All of them are after ratings and will skew the story to match, or create, popular opinion. American's arent any more gullible than the rest of the world, we're educated human beings as well, and you can just as easily be swayed by the media's portrayal of events in Germany or New Zealand or anywhere else, as you can in america. I am tired, exhausted really, from comments from people telling us we're stupid because we "believe everything the media tells us". Really? I would think that America, like any other country in the world, has it's fair share of highly skeptical, educated, independent people who not only take what the media says with a grain of salt, but actively seek to learn for themselves what is going on in the world.
Of course, some people still think all Americans are under-educated cowboys with no real "civilized, urban culture". No doubt partly because of the gun problem? Don't judge everyone based on the actions of the few. We're every bit as civilized as the UK, every bit as educated as Germany, every bit as human as the French. Please, stop telling us that we all sit in front of the TV
, our every breath hanging on what the newscasters say next, every though and feeling and emotion guided by the CNNs of the world. We're not that lazy, we;re not that stupid, we're not that gullible. Don't judge an entire nation based on the actions of a few.
I'm tired of feeling prejudice online because I'm an american. Some of the people who judge don't think about how it might make another person feel. Tell me, how fair is it for people to say "I hate france" and then treat french people like crap based on some sort of stupid prejudice born out of a conflict between the leaders of the nations. It's degrading towards the people of france.
The same applies to the "I hate America(ns)" crowd...don't you think it's a little unfair the way we are also judged as a people? You must hear both sides of the story. We're all human after all, I'm tired of the prejudice.
I just had to say this. I hope it doesnt offend anyone. You need to understand that what I am saying in this thread is that we should all stop trying to judge each other based on nationality or what the leaders of our countries do. You can hate bush all you want, doesnt mean all Americans are like him. I took serious issue with the "France is Bad" campaigns that went around because of a FEW people in the USA a while back. Because it was wrong. It was wrong to some people to say they hate france and french people. It isnt fair because really, the only people they disliked were in the french government. But you know what, not everyone felt that way, not all of us are gullible.
So I hope that everyone here will understand what I am saying. In someone's famous words: "Why can't we all just get along?"