Iraq War Finally Ending
WAND celebrates this news.
We are also pushing forward to expedite homecoming for troops in Afghanistan.
As we reflect on this past decade of war and the toll it has taken, we especially recommend this op-ed Our Children Will Finally Learn that Wars Can and Do End by Ryan McDermott.
In going to war, I learned to better appreciate the basic things that life offers more than I did before, such as holding my son. Hopefully, our leaders of this and subsequent generations will learn that wars always require more sacrifice than expected and that the human costs continue even after the troops come home. Perhaps we will avoid the next Iraq War. History suggests that the odds are stacked against us.
For our children, who have known only wars that do not end, they will soon learn that wars can and do end.
-Originally published in The Huffington Post