Tech students are still supporting United States Armed
Forces in Iraq, but questions were consistently raised about the length and
even cause of the war in the Middle East in an informal Tech Talk poll.
The Tech Talk news editors conducted a poll of 30 students,
who were asked overall opinions and whether students were for or against the
war. The following quotes are indicative of some students’ opinions:
• “I’m not really knowledgeable on the matter either way,
but if fighting in Iraq is a justifiable way to get rid of terrorism, then I’m
• “The war in Iraq is all about oil and resources. I
support our troops, but we shouldn’t still be fighting.”
• “I feel like we’ve been over there too long, but Iraq
is a massive project. I wouldn’t say we should leave because there’s still
terrorism and [there’s] still not order.”
After beginning the war in Iraq with an invasion to bring
down Saddam Hussein in March 2003, we find that today the state of war remains
a bloody mess. Estimates of tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed. In
June, the Pentagon cited the U.S. military death toll in the Iraq war as having
reached 2,500, according to a www.msnbc.com news article.
Furthermore, 18,490 American troops are numbered as
wounded, with injuries including loss of limb or paralysis. Even troops not
harmed physically no doubt suffer from emotional impacts of war. The
nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, an agency based in Washington,
D.C., estimates that the monthly U.S. expenditure in 2006 for the war could hit
$8 billion. This monthly estimate does not even include the additional costs of
British deployment in Iraq. All the while, the United States remains locked in
a struggle of steadfast insurgency.
Over the years the government has maintained various reasons
for the invasion and occupation in Iraq. Hussein’s regime was believed to have
ties with Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, to have harbored weapons
of mass destruction, to have failed to comply with United Nations’ requirements
of accounting for these weapons and to have offered no cooperation during
inspections. None of these reasons for going to the war have come true.
More recently U.S. deployment in Iraq has been for the
formation of a healthy, self-sustaining democratic government in the Middle
Student opinion at Tech varies from full, partial, to
zero support for American involvement in the war, with an emphasis on support
of troops and government in their attempt to secure safety for U.S. citizens.
When some are left wondering what happened to the moral
anchor of our nation to neutrality and peace, others argue it is through
temporary bloodshed that our nation will prosper.
The most disturbing aspect of The Tech Talk poll was that
most Tech students knew or cared so little about what has been called the “War