Why We Must Leave Iraq

War is always associated with violence and human losses. Moreover, war is always a matter of political concern. In case of Iraq, and with the aim to promote and pursue democratic ideals in the Middle East, this violent conflict has turned into a matter of proving the U.S. military and political dominance. Certainly, it is difficult to disagree that Iraqi invasion has caused a strategic shift in human political thinking. More than that, it is the Iraqi invasion that has led to elimination of Hussein’s regime and seemingly positive changes in political attitudes among the local population. The natural question is certainly “Why Should We Leave Iraq?”, and out of the whole list of reasons that prove the need for leaving the country, human losses, economic losses, and the threat of civil conflict stand out as the three most persuasive arguments. We must leave Iraq to avoid human losses, to reduce economic expenditures, and to provide Iraqi population with a chance to resolve their civil conflicts without external influence.To begin with, the Iraqi invasion has become the cause of major human losses, and whenever the public seeks to confirm the need for the American troops to leave Iraq, the need to avoid deaths turns into the most convincing argument. True, since the beginning of the Iraqi campaign, international armed forces have lost 4,611 professional soldiers, with 4,294 of them being Americans (CNN). 4,294 American families have lost their children, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters in this violent and bloody fight against Hussein’s regime. Beyond that, however, American military intervention has caused thousands deaths and injuries among civilians. Statistical research suggests that in the major Iraqi provinces, 740,000 women have turned into widows as a result of continuous battle between coalition and local forces (Williams). These women’s needs “have come to exceed available help, posing a threat to the stability of the country’s tenuous social structures” (Williams). Every 11th woman in Iraq is considered or is officially recognized as a widow. In accordance with the Shiite traditions, a widowed woman can be readily coerced into a temporary marriage, which violates her civil rights but which also provides her with an opportunity to request governmental assistance (Williams). This violence that has left almost one million of women without a shelter and without a chance to promote their children’s wellbeing cannot last forever. That is why we must leave Iraq.Certainly, American campaigns in Iraq have led to dramatic political changes. Physical elimination of Saddam and the American fight against Hussein’s regime might have given the Iraqi people a sense of political and democratic empowerment. Simultaneously, those democratic efforts required the U.S. to spend enormous sums of money to support its military forces in Iraq. It is expected that in the nearest future, and in case the U.S. refuses to withdraw its troops from Iraq, the amount of money spent on the war will exceed $1 trillion (Global Policy). Despite Congress’s striving to impose severe restrictions on military spending, it is unlikely that the President will agree to reduce the amount of financial support provided to American militaries in Iraq. At the same time, these are the domestic programs that suffer the lack of financial resources, and that is just another reason why we must leave Iraq. In the situation where the U.S. healthcare system requires strategic restructuring, and the most important domestic programs suffer budget cuts (including Housing Vouchers, Low-income Home Energy, and Child Care Assistance), war spending is constantly increased (National Priorities). The $70 billion which the President offers to add to the current military expenditures is unacceptable luxury (National Priorities). We must leave Iraq to ensure that the most vulnerable populations are provided with sufficient material support to survive the difficult times.It is difficult to underestimate the political impact which American invasion has caused on the political and civil perceptions of the Iraqi population. In the light of the escalating violence of which Hussein’s regime had been the cause, the U.S. troops have brought a hope that the major political issues and conflicts in Iraq would be resolved. Unfortunately, the U.S. troops have also become the reason of the growing tension between local religious and political groups. The sectarian violence has become one of the major obstacles on the American’s way to military and secular triumph, and to resolve these conflicts, we must leave Iraq. “Not only has the United States failed to bring a functional democracy to Iraq, neither U.S. forces nor the U.S.-backed Iraqi government in Baghdad have been able to provide the Iraqi people with basic security” (Zunes). The presence of coalition troops has heated the conflict between Shiite and Sunnite religious groups, increasing the cleavage between different religious beliefs. The American campaign has divided Baghdad into the two large regions that are controlled by opposing religious groups (Zunes). American troops should leave Iraq to provide different religious adherents with another chance to find historical agreement. If not timely withdrawn, American troops will further aggravate humanitarian situation in Iraq and promote official violation of the basic human rights among the local Iraqi population.ConclusionWe must leave Iraq. Despite relative political improvements, the American invasion to Iraq has become the cause of the major human and economic losses, as well as the source of sectarianism and civil conflicts. Unless we leave Iraq we will not be able to reduce military spending, to support the major domestic programs, and to prevent further human losses on the Iraqi territory. The effectiveness of these preventive measures will also depend on how soon the American President takes a strategic political decision to withdraw all American troops from Iraq.