Bye bye Amreeka – The end of Operation Iraqi freedom
With the withdrawal of the last US forces vehicle into Kuwait, the operation Iraqi freedom finally came to an end after almost 9 years. It’s somehow strange how everything went these last 9 years. When the war on Iraq started, I was following it 24/7. I started skipping school, not being able to wake up in the morning after following Al Jazeera and CNN all night, and eventually I ruined my future by dropping out of school, having a much bigger interest in politics than in school matters.
9 years ago, no one could think that this war would last until now. 9 years ago, I could have never imagined that in the winter of 2011 I would actually end up in Iraq. When watching the news these last days, seeing the images of the withdrawing US forces, I don’t know what to feel. One part of me is relieved. The occupation is over and the occupied forces finally left.
When I arrived in Baghdad, end of October, the withdrawal was already planned. Right at that time, there were no US forces left in the streets. I couldn’t imagine how it was before. I stayed at a family’s house in the outskirts of Baghdad and I wanted to know how it was before, so I’ve asked the two teenage girls of the family. US forces would walk into their house in the middle of the night, lifting their father out of his bed, asking if there were any guns in the house, invading the girls’ privacy by entering their bedroom while they were in pyjamas without scarf, scaring the little son with their guns and loud voices. This was not a onetime occasion; they came back, several times a month and each and every month over and over again.
Throughout these 9 years, and especially in 2003, hundred thousands of people marched in the streets everywhere around the globe, demanding the end of the occupation, demanding a better future for Iraq. But we could not imagine, we could never imagine how it actually was for the people living there.
Dear God, I’m praying .Don’t let any external sources bring fear and death again over this brave people. Bring a better future for Iraq and a safe life for my Iraqi friends. Let them be successful. Amen.