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We've been on pins and needles waiting for this war to start for so long. When it did start, I felt a heaviness in my heart because I knew that people would be dying. We have to avert our eyes from the bombs and fires once in a while to look at the other images of this war. Yes, their are casualties, but there are also bright moments that make the fears and angst worth it.

When I see the photos of children sharing candy with soldiers, of Iraqis cheering the arrival of marines or tearing down posters of Saddam Hussein, I cry. It is an amazing thing to witness, the freeing of a people. There will be no more torture, no acid baths, no fear of human shredders, children's prisons or rape used as a weapon.

The children of Iraq have a chance to grow up free. Their childhood will be vastly different than that of their parents.

The people of Iraq are glad. They are happy. Right now, their world may be filled with the sounds of war, but they know what will happen when the war ends. Their world will change for the better.

Who would deny them that? Who would stand up and say that we shouldn't be there, that this war is not just? Is it not just to give a future generation of Iraqis a chance to taste the freedom that we all take for granted? Is it not just to clean the air of the stench of fear? Is it not just to secure a life for the people of Iraq the likes of which they have only dreamed of?

Look at the images available on every news site. Look at the children running towards the soldiers. Look at the people tearing down posters of Saddam. Look at the women on their knees in thanks and prayer.

I dare you not to end up with tears in your eyes.

We are witnessing history and it's a good history. It's a just history.

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Who would deny them that? Who would stand up and say that we shouldn't be there, that this war is not just?

One strident douchebag steps forward and declares: "I would."

If for no other reason that Iraq has tried to use weapons against us that they claimed they didn't have for the last how many months....

Yay! I don't have a cable, so I hear these things from you for the first time.

While I may not have agreed with reasons and timing for this war, now it's started, it has my full support. They've started the job. I want them to finish it now. The time for anti-war protest is over.

Get the job done with the smallest loss possible and bring the troops home alive and healthy.

Michele, I just linked to an interview with a former Iraqi soldier. I wish I could have heard it the first time while sitting with you. I know I wouldn't have cried alone.

So far, our guys (and girls, it ain't chauvinism, it's age) on the ground are coming as liberators, as did my father and uncles in the '40s.
I'm proud of them.

Hmm, haven't been to your site in ages Michele (usually a reader, not a comment-leaver), but for some reason I thought it might be interesting now that the shit has hit the fan.

Agreed, the liberation of Iraq is a beautiful thing. I'm making a conscious effort not to watch the war on TV, lest it become a sporting event to me. Glad to hear they're showing things other than bombs being dropped on Baghdad.

One question, though: what will our children's schools look like by the time we're done paying for new ones in Iraq? In general, I don't buy the "poor Iraqi people" justification for this war. There are oppressed people all over the world, and some would argue here as well. Why Iraq? If it's for national security, fine. I buy that as a reason to go to war. But as for worrying about poor, starving Iraqis, I say what about poor, starving Americans?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not protesting. I agree that the time for that has passed. I just don't buy liberation as the reason we're there. A wonderful byproduct, sure, but not the reason.

Actually, I laughed today while watching CNN. While a soldier was tearing down a picture of Saddam, an Iraqi was beating the image of Saddam's face with a shoe. Tears, yes, but giggles too. Oh, the line there'd be to beat his face with a shoe! Where do I take a number?

"Poor, starving Americans"? You've got to be kidding me. It is the height of arrogance to claim that the poorest person in America is wealthy compared to the really poor and starving in other parts of the world. Please don't even try to play that game.

Urgh... I meant to say, "it is the height of arrogance to claim that that the poorest person in America is not wealthy compared to the really poor and starving in other parts of the world." Must remember to preview...