During this weeks lecture, Professor Izenberg said that war was a conflict in which people were asked to kill and die for principles. Even today, this is true about war. Family members and friends are sometimes taken from us due to these wars going on beyond our oceans. Professor Izenberg also brought up a very good point about war which was, are the reasons for fighting valid? For example, was it valid that the warriors of Troy were away from their homes and family for nine years because Paris decided to steal Helen away from Menelaus? In my opinion, this was not a valid reason. So how about the wars going on now, is there a valid reason for putting our soldiers’ lives at risk in the Middle East?
On the horrible day of September 11, 2001 when many American lives were lost due to a terrorist attack, the United States decided to go to war with the Middle East. In my opinion, this was a valid reason to go to war. Yet, there have been many rumors that the United States planned this tragic event. They say that in order to get into the Middle East and get oil, the United States allowed 9/11 to happen. If this rumor is true, then I believe we have absolutely no reason for losing many of our brave men to a war that was basically planned.
Nonetheless, if this war started off on retaliation, then why are our soldiers still dying in war? Osama Bin Laden was killed, which was our main priority. The United States should make sure they bring as many Americans back home as safely as they can.
In an article I read written by Michael Totten, he says, “American voters in both parties have had it. They’re just flat-out not interested in spending any more money or lives to help out.” Totten is correct, this war has gone on too long. It is said that this is the longest amount of time that United States has been in a state of war. It is also said that the United States is at war with 134 different countries. Perhaps the government has prolonged this war to get their oil. If that is so, the United States no longer has any valid reasons of fighting in the Middle East.
Just like in the Iliad, America is in a prolonged war for invalid reasons killing many innocent soldiers.
1 Homer, Robert Fagles, and Bernard Knox. The Iliad. New York, NY, U.S.A.: Viking, 1990. Print.
2 Totten, Michael J. “No Exit: Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East.” World Affairs. 1 Dec. 2013. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. <http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/no-exit-why-us-can’t-leave-middle-east>.
3 McGrath, Timothy. “The US Is Now Involved In 134 Wars.” MintPress News. 22 Sept. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. <http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-now-involved-134-wars/196846/>.