The Disaster of Military Intervention

Poor Innocent Lives !

Yes, there are thousands of people who die in a War, or in a Military Intervention. Rather innocently. Most of them being ordinary Citizens.

Is it OK to justify these countless deaths as just the “natural” outcome of a War ? What about Wars imposed by one nation on another for no reason, thereby resulting in totally unnecessary deaths of innocent Citizens ?

The Iraq War imposed by a rather suspecting United States has lasted now for seven years. The U.S. has lost thousands of young soldiers, most of them probably have been first-timers in a War situation, especially in counter-insurgency and urban war environments. For every U.S. soldier dead, Iraq has potentially lost forty Citizens at the minimum. Assuming the U.S. lost around 5,000 of its soldiers, it is not illogical to assume around 200,000 Iraqis are dead in 7 years of an unnecessary war whose sole aim was to overthrow and capture Saddam Hussein.

Unfortunately for the U.S., the Iraq War has not created many friends. And, its subsequent military interventions in Afghanistan and Pakistan has only created more enemies for the U.S. who are waiting to strike at any opportunity against U.S. interests. And, all three countries are Islamic, thereby generating a strong, not mis-judged sentiment amongst the populations that the U.S. is anti-Islamic.

And now, the U.S. has begun withdrawals of its troops from Iraq. Is that “Mission Accomplished” ? No, surely not. The U.S. has lost its appetite to bring democracy to the Middle East. And, is now cutting its losses and withdrawing, due to the pressures from its own citizens who feel that it is an unnecessary war. All told, the U.S. would have spent more than a couple of trillion dollars on these wars, which could have gone to generate jobs within the U.S. during troubled economic times, or to alleviate the world’s poverty. Now, it has gone down the drain, only enriching the corrupt political classes in these countries, and lining the pockets of the military suppliers, both in the U.S. and in Iraq / Pakistan / Afghanistan.

What about the dead ? Nobody seems to be caring.

I only hope that the misguided U.S. Government does not venture into another war with Iran. That will be a sure recipe for disaster of unknown proportions. And, perpetuate the image of an unjust U.S. policy directed against a particular class of nations. Combined with images of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamao Prison atrocities, it can only accentuate the destruction of a positive image of the U.S. Military as just and fair around the world. No one will henceforth welcome U.S. army into their countries as victors. They were not victors in Iraq, and neither will they be victors in Afghanistan.

President Obama has correctly started the withdrawal from Iraq, but hope he would not start another misadventure. Military might hardly count these days. You know what counts……..!


Vijay Srinivasan
22nd August 2010


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