Today is the eight anniversary of the Iraq war.

That fact got lost in all the breaking news, most significantly, the U.S. use of force against Libya.

It reminded me of George W. Bush’s intention to remove Saddam Hussein. The term “regime change” did not surface much but that’s essentially what’s going on in Libya, right? The United States would not be leading the charge against Moammar Qaddafi if he were a friendly fellow, even if he did fire on his own people.

Lost also in the news of the last week are the horrific events unfolding in Cote D’Ivoire, where a political crisis has spiraled downward rapidly into bloodshed. The United Nations has reported incidents of people burned alive. Others have had their throats slit. At least seven women were butchered earlier this month — the video posted online showed one who had been decapitated by the power of a big gun.

Crimson rivers are flowing in West Africa — and in the East. Sudan, Somalia. Yet we hear so little in the news.

I hope that Libya does not escalate or turn into protracted war in the same vein as Iraq or Afghanistan. And while that conflict is most urgent, I hope we will not turn away from human suffering in other parts of the world.

One Reply to “War”

  1. Moni: It seems like longer than eight years, or maybe it's just been a long eight years. I do wonder what, if anything, we as a society have learned in those years about managing conflict. Like you, I hope we will not turn away from human suffering anywhere. I worry though that we don't have a clear idea of what "success" or "victory" looks like in the conflicts we engage in today. I also think we are asking too much to expect that military solutions are the ultimate answer. At the same time, I know that I don't have ultimate answers.


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