US troops are beginning to doubt the worthiness of the cause in Iraq, and who could blame them?
“I thought, ‘What are we doing here? Why are we still here?’ ” said Safstrom, a member of Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. “We’re helping guys that are trying to kill us. We help them in the day. They turn around at night and try to kill us.”
No matter how noble the intentions of the troops, there is no avoiding he fact that they are occupiers. Apart from the Iraqi people, the Iraqi security forces they believe they are there to help are always going to resent their country being controlled by an occupying power.