Seven long years ago on a March evening then President George Bush announced to Iraq and the world that unless Saddam Hussein and his sons left Iraq within 48 hours, it “will result in military conflict commenced at a time of our choice.” George Bush has long since abandoned defending the infamous quest for WMD that he claimed threatened the security of the US and the world. Saddam and his sons are dead, along with 100,000 Iraqis, and over 4,000 American soldiers. Untold thousands of Iraqis are either physically or emotionally wounded, along with 35,000 Americans who served in this conflict. On August 31, 2010, the last American combat units will leave Iraq and the country will be on its own. Well, not exactly on its own since 50,000 American soldiers will remain to assist in training a new Iraq army. President Barack Obama proclaims he has kept his pledge to end the war in Iraq and bring home our soldiers–or, at least some of them. In July, 222 Iraqis died due to insurgent actions.
The once prosperous nation of Iraq now produces less oil than under Saddam, has less electricity than under Saddam, and has more people lacking work. It’s once proud university system and medical programs are in shambles. At least a million Iraqis are scattered in nations throughout the Middle East and a few thousand lucky people made their way to countries like Sweden. Women who once could walk the streets of Baghdad with free flowing hair now worry about their dress in the more Islamic world of contemporary Iraq.
A reporter heard an American soldier shout as his Humvee crossed the border: “We’ve Won! Åmerica!” and then was gone. The people of Iraq remain. The questio