The War As They Saw It

Seven soldiers wrote an op-ed in the NY Times a few weeks ago that painted a very different picture than the one Petraeus and Bush have been trying to sell, concerning Iraq. It also busted the myth about soldier’s morale being affected by events back home–as they wrote, it is their job to see the mission through, and any talk of morale is irrelevant. On the other hand, it is ours to make sure the mission is true, and this is why the anti-war movement is doing the right thing, trying to end this occupation as soon as possible. It has already gone on way too long, and so, apparently too long for two of these soldiers.

Yance Gray and Omar Mora were killed Monday in Iraq, two months before their expected return home. Their words, written from personal experience and unaffected by political rhetoric, say it all:

In short, we operate in a bewildering context of determined enemies and questionable allies, one where the balance of forces on the ground remains entirely unclear.

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