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Witnessing a Double-Edged Sword

Tens of thousands of Iraqis gathered today in Baghdad to protest the American invasion of their nation. There has yet to have been such a blatant example of the double-edged sword of the war in Iraq.

Cutting one way is the new found freedoms of the Iraqi people. No matter how you slice it, no matter why we went into their nation, no one should deny that two years ago this kind of gathering would not have been possible. The toppling of the government brought a freedom from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. It brought elections and government structure. It brought hope to many.

Cutting the other way is the chain of violent repression shackled onto the feet of every man, woman, and child of Iraq now living under the instability and aftermath of a war torn nation. Thousands died in the bombing campaigns. Thousands more have died in the ground war. Unknown numbers will die in the future. It is clear that while some in Iraq found hope, others found utter destruction and tragedy.

That is the double-edged sword. The Iraqi people took to the streets today to rise up against the very invasion that gave them the freedom of dissent. They rose up against the lingering occupation and American involvement that precedes further death and destruction. They know more than anyone that it cuts both ways.

Two years and three weeks after the invasion of Iraq, it is high time to ask ourselves the tough questions. Is the safety and finances of America worth taking the lives of so many people? Must we still destroy lives to save them? Is the price of freedom really worth that much?

Posted by Adam Ducker at April 10, 2005 2:06 PM