by Steven Perlin, Staff Writer
According to BBC News, Baghdad’s plans for June 30 (today) include a giant party amongst the usual. The occasion for the party is the celebration of National Sovereignty Day. What exactly does that mean one may ask?
National Sovereignty Day celebrates the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq’s capital. The troops are moving back to bases outside of the city limits. And for this “grand” occasion, the people of Baghdad decide to throw a party! Excuse me if I am wrong or outspoken, but last time I watched the news, the people of Iraq were liberated from the tyrannical rule of Saddam Hussein by American troops wearing U.S. military fatigues and carrying equipment belonging to the federal government of the United States of America. I have seen countless documentaries of his capture and not once has the face of the one who pulls him from the hole bare a resemblance to the face of an Iraqi. As a matter of fact, the face is of an American. The faces that have fought for over six years belong to Americans. And over four thousand faces have left their families in the service of another man’s country, and this is how we are repaid.
Baghdad, the city that the rest of Iraq looks to as an example, throws a party because the Americans leave. I think the city of Baghdad should invite all 130,000 American soldiers serving in Iraq to the party, for if it was not for the Americans, there would be no party.