We were told our forces would be greeted as liberators. Wrong. Since then they have been asked to do more they have not been trained to do than what they have been. Police, diplomat, good Samaritan. For the most part the troops have responded splendidly.
Six years of war, however, is taking its toll. Suicides are at an all time high. The powers that be are trying to redefine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because the financial burdens that come with the diagnosis are taxing the system.
It would seem a lack of clear thinking goes all the way to the top. I'm not talking about the double speak we and the Congress hear every time General Petreus gives a report or the rosy picture Senator McCain would have us believe about the success of the surge. I would guess it's the next level down. The names we don't yet know. Just like the names we never heard during the Abu Ghraib scandal.
This involves Marines distributing coins that promote Christianity. Not only are we looked at as hated occupiers, now we're acting like missionaries! A wire story from the McClatchy News Service tells of Iraqis being handed coins that read "Where will you spend eternity?" on one side and on the other "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16"
This just after a sniper used the Quran for target practice.
The military prohibits proselytizing any religion, faith or practice. So how is this happening? Someone had to have the coins manufactured, supply them to the Marines and order their distribution. That it is being investigated tells me no one is sure who is responsible.
It seems to me not only is the war itself out of control but that those who manage it are also losing their grip. It is time to bring it to an end before we dig ourselves in deeper from sheer fatigue and an inability to think clearly. We tried to shove democracy down their throats. That isn't working well. Now we're promoting Christianity in the Muslim world? Are we nuts?
It's like going into a synagogue and handing out rosary beads!