Late last night, the last U.S. troops exited Iraq signaling the official end of the U.S. – Iraqi War after 9 years of fighting.
- Over 4,000 U.S. troops killed.
- Over $8 billion spent.
- Over 30,000 U.S. soldiers injured.
- Over 100,000 Iraqis killed.
For what? Nothing. A total waste of human life and capital.
I have total respect for our military and our troops and they (or, at least, the vast majority) did everything their government asked of them with honor and skill. I honor, respect and support our troops; and I mourn for those who died and for those who have their lives forever altered by both psychological and physical injury.
But this war was a travesty and a tragedy.
I opposed the war from the beginning — but have to admit that I was kind of wish washy in that opposition.
I remember that I was interim pastor at a small church when the war began. That week, I gave a sermon about what the Bible says about war. I presented a balanced view of what the Bible says on the topic, raised important questions about the implications of modern warfare for Christians, and then left it at that. I decided not to weigh in strongly on my own view. I actually had two conclusions written and brought both into the pulpit. I decided to go with the less controversial, less bold and less open to criticism conclusion.
Not that it makes any real difference (no one in Washington is listening to me), but I regret that decision. I wish I had stood up and called it what it was then: a travesty and a tragedy.
I hope when faced with similar issues in the future, I do not fail again.