Why U.S. must stay its course in Iraq

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The U.S. lead war in Iraq is a very hot topic today around the globe. It seems as if everyone has something to say about the Bush administration, weather it be good or bad. Many people seem to think that America should pull out of Iraq since it is not the United States place to be over there trying to rebuild a country that is not ours. But if these people could just simply be provided with the facts and the reasoning behind going to war with Iraq, many people wouldn't feel as if the war was unjustified, and they would also see that it is necessary for the United States to stay its course in Iraq.

Some activist groups are saying that the United States should pull its troops out of Iraq because soldiers are being killed. However, in any war it is inevitable that some soldiers are unfortunately not going to make it home, but that is something that all soldiers know is a possibility when entering into the army or marines.

Only a small percentage of Iraqis don't want the United States help in rebuilding the country. It is unfair to the Iraqi people that want America's help if we don't listen to them but only listen to the small amount of people that don't want us in their country.

Another important and strong point is why should the United States pull out of Iraq if we have done so many great things for the Iraqi people? For example, America has opened many schools to educate both young boys and girls. For little girls in this country this is a first. Hospitals have also been open because of the United States help (Bennett). The Shiite majority, which makes up sixty percent of all Iraqi people, are no longer being persecuted and have now returned to their ancient ways of life due to the U.S. intervention in Iraq. U.S. has also established governing councils at the local levels all over the country (Christopher). Iraqi people are verbally fighting amongst one another to get on these councils. These are the first signs of democracy. One of the most greatest things the United States has done is freed the Iraqi people from a mean and ruthless dictator, Saddam Hussein.

The third and most important point is that if the U.S. would pull out of Iraq now, the terrorists would prevail. Terrorists have been prevailing over democracy and freedom for to long and after many missed chances the United States has finally stepped up. In 1979 U.S. embassy employees were taken hostage in Iran for 444 days, the U.S. did nothing at all. In 1983 the U.S. embassy in Beirut was blown up, again the U.S. did nothing. In October 1983, the U.S. sent troops to Beirut in order to ease the civil war between Christians and Muslims. But the U.S. marine barracks were blown up by a suicide bomber killing more then 240 American soldiers, U.S. pulls out. In Somalia during 1992 and 1993, 18 American soldiers die in a relief effort to help feed starving Somalis, U.S. pulls out. February 1993 the first bombing of the World Trade Centers takes place, six Americans are killed, U.S. did nothing but try and imprisoned the perpetrators. In 1996, 20 American soldiers are killed when two living quarters are bombed in south Arabia, U.S. does nothing. August 1998, Osama Bin Laden bombed two U.S. embassies in Africa, twelve Americans are killed. The United States responds with cruise missiles, but they are ineffective. October 2000, USS Cole is bombed in a port near Yemen by a suicide bomber. 17 U.S. soldiers are killed, U.S. does nothing. All of these events made terrorist groups stronger, showing them that the U.S. was weak. These events eventually lead up to the September 11th attacks, and if history repeats itself and the U.S. did nothing about these attacks or would have pulled out of Iraq after the War on Terror had already begun, we would have just added fuel to the fire, making all terrorist groups stronger.

It is necessary for the United States to stay its course in Iraq. If America pulls out now, we lose and the Iraqi people will lose. People expect the U.S. to be able to go over to Iraq and clean up Saddam Hussein's mess, which took him 34 years to create in just a year, it can't be done. America needs to take its time and do it right. Democracy must be brought to Iraq, because what is the alternative?