Originally Posted by Designo_E320
We break Iraq, destroy its infrastructure and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians. We then give contracts to the Western Companies to "rebuild" Iraq only to break it again and to "rebuild" it again. USA is NOT paying for the rebuilding. So America destroys and western companies benefit and make hundreds of millions of dollars. IT'S A PARTNERSHIP! Then these ass holes go over there under the banner of "rebuilding Iraq" when the only reason they go there is to get 5X higher salaries. When they get killed in a place they went to ONLY to make money, are we suppose to feel sorry for them?
I can care less and actually I am with Punjabi on this one. Where are your feelings for the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis that have been killed by our government? What about the hundreds of thousand of Iraqi children who have been orphaned by our illegal, unethical, and immoral war and occupation? What about all the Iraqi widows?
Yes, mistakes were made but I am not at that level to correct them nor set policy.
I can tell you that at my level as a Captain in the Infantry and working as an advisor with Major Alvaro Roa, we have worked very hard advising, mentoring and training the Iraqi Army.
We not only conduct combat operations, but as well humanitarian operations such as medical care, paying local Iraqi contractors to build schools and community centers and meet and greet the community leaders and children.
I am here because I want to make a difference and at the capacity that I am serving which I am able to do my part to make a difference.
I have been here for 15 months and injured as well, earning the Purple Heart
I left my family in the United States in April 2006 and wanted to be apart of the solution to assist the Iraqi people.
I can tell you that at my level I see changes but I cannot speak for the entire nation of Iraq. Please accept my assessment for the sector of Baghdad, that the Iraqi Army unit that I have worked with Major Roa are making progress.
I graduated from St. John's University with a degree in History and I graduated from Touro Law School earning my Juris Doctorate. I could had remained in the United States and been apart of the working class and choose to either support or not support the war in Iraq.
My choice to volunteer and serve here in Iraq may cost me my life but I feel that if I have to sacrifice my life here, it would be an honor.
James Van Thach
United States Army