It's Time to Leave Iraq

RECEIVED Wed., March 21, 2007

Dear Editor,
    Happy birthday Iraq war! If the Iraq war were a 4-year-old child, it would now be entering preschool. In preschool you learn to cooperate with your neighbors and how to deal with difficult people through diplomacy. You know not to take things by force or use overwhelming strength and size to rip the crayons from your next-door neighbor's hands. Basically you learn to play nice with the other children through rules and good behavior. Iraq at this point in time is unable to even imagine getting along with itself internally or even fantasize about the cessation of violence even among its own people. Iraqis cannot play well with others and Bush cannot even play well with our Congress, so how can Bush teach skills he does not possess? Remember when ol’ Don promised “I expect it might last six days, six weeks, but I doubt six months,” and on October 29, 2003 the "mission was accomplished"? Bush ended the war, unfortunately the Iraqis did not. So, just when does a “liberator” become an “occupier,” after the second year or surely at the third year at least. Our welcome has been worn out. Seventy-one percent of Iraqis want us to leave. I say when the liberatee asks the liberator to leave and the liberator refuses, that sole fact alone makes the liberator an occupier not a liberator. Without a major change in strategy it is time to leave because this old idea does not work.
Ron Ruiz
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