Four years in Iraq, and most important lesson eludes us

Tennessean
by Saritha Prabhu

03/19/07

Four years isn’t a long time but, in the context of the Iraq war, can seem like an eternity. Was it only four years ago that we sat and watched TV images of American tanks hurtling across Iraqi desert sands? The prevailing mood in this country, then, was a mixture of gung ho and unsure. This, many thought, was going to be the mother of all reality shows — 21st-century warfare in real time, the world’s mightiest military, fly-swatting a bratty country. That was then, and here we are now, in the war’s fifth year — past statue-toppling and museum-looting; past ‘Mission Accomplished,’ ‘Stuff happens’ and ‘Bring it on!’; past purple fingers, elections and constitutions; past car bombs, IEDs, beheadings and torturing; past talks of partition and is-it-or-isn’t-it-civil-war debates...

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