After 6 years: A Few Reasons Why it was Worth It

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A U.S. soldier examines an Iraqi girl while on a medical mission in Balad, Iraq, June 2, 2009. The 532nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron is responsible for providing security around Joint Base Balad and continuing an established relationship with the local citizens of the villages and farms. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael R. Vincent


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U.S. Army Spc. Joe Belton from Mesquite, Texas, of Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, takes pictures of Iraqi boys in the village of Ka bashe in Kirkuk, Iraq, May 31. U.S. coalition forces partner with Iraqi police to inspect irrigation systems and meet with local farmers that have agriculture concerns in and around the Kirkuk province of Iraq.


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A U.S. Soldier from Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, tosses a soccer ball to a group of Iraqi boys in the village of Ka bashe in Kirkuk, Iraq, May 31. U.S. coalition forces partner with Iraqi police to inspect irrigation systems and meet with local farmers that have agriculture concerns in and around the Kirkuk province of Iraq.


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U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Bryon Clark listens to an Iraqi farmer voicing his concerns in the village of Ka bashe in Kirkuk, Iraq, May 31, 2009. U.S. coalition forces partner with Iraqi police to inspect irrigation systems and meet with local farmers who have agriculture concerns. Clark is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s Company E, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Bobby Allen


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Staff Sgt. Kristen Poe, an Intelligence Analyst assigned to the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division ???Long Knives, delivers a school bag to an Iraqi girl at the UR Primary School, located in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah Jan. 13. Poe, along with fellow Soldiers assigned to the battalion???s personal security detachment, handed out more than 200 school bags and supplies during the visit. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Damian Steptore)


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A group of Iraqi children look on as a U.S. Soldier from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 6th Infantry , assigned to Task Force Regulars practices balancing a plate of bread on his head in the Jameela market area of the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq, May 31, 2008. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young, U.S. Air Force. (Released)


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U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Military Policeman Sgt. Thomas Dwyer of Ft. River, N.J., laughs and claps with Iraqi children while on a patrol in the Muhalla 513 neighborhood just outside Mudafra Square in the Sadr City district of Baghdad on July 28, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young/Released)


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A young Iraqi boy strikes a muscle pose while standing next to a passing U.S. Soldier from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment as he provides security outside a recreation center during a patrol in the in the Thawra 1 neighborhood of the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq, June 6, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young/Released)


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U.S. Army 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion Capt Jeovanny Rodriguez is followed by neighborhood Iraqi children while conducting a joint patrol with Task Force Regulars 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, Renegade Company and Iraqi soldiers from the 11th Iraqi Army Division, 42nd Brigade through Thawra 2 and Jameela Market areas in the Sadr City district of Baghdad on Aug. 13, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young/Released)


The fine print:I hate politics. I hate war, but in the midst of all the hatred and tyranny in this world, it often becomes unnecessarily inevitable. I don’t know what that makes me, but I am above all else pro-peace and I support our troops (Canadian, US, NATO, UN). Since it is all pretty much done and finished with, we can spend all the time we want debating the legality of the invasion and the success or failure of this endeavor. However, I found these photos recently and they reminded me that after 6 years, why it was all worth it.

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