It seems like all my life we, as a country, have been involved in one war or another.
|1950-1953||Korean War||United States (as part of the United Nations) and South Korea vs. North Korea and Communist China|
|1960-1975||Vietnam War||United States and South Vietnam vs. North Vietnam|
|1961||Bay of Pigs Invasion||United States vs. Cuba|
|1983||Grenada||United States Intervention|
|1989||US Invasion of Panama||United States vs. Panama|
|1990-1991||Persian Gulf War||United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq|
|1995-1996||Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina||United States as part of NATO acted peacekeepers in former Yugoslavia|
|2001||Invasion of Afghanistan||United States and Coalition Forces vs. the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to fight terrorism.|
|2003||Invasion of Iraq||United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq|
As a young girl, living in Ohio, I can remember visiting a shopping mall where we got to tour bomb shelters. You could buy one of several different sizes and put one under your back yard. Not that they would have done any good, but it made our parents feel safer. It terrorized me. How many back yards in the Midwest still have these shelters underground? How many of them have been forgotten.
I remember vividly the Bay of Pigs, I didn’t sleep I was so scared. That was all any adult in my small farming community could talk about. We even made and rolled bandages, we were preparing for the worst. My cousin was on a Navy blockade ship and I was so afraid I would never see him again. War, conflict, is a social disruption and economic destruction and has a way of instilling fear into your heart and soul.
So why are we still involved in someone else’s war, even though we are not wanted there. Why do we as a nation think we need to be the “World Police”. Why can’t we be the “World Peacemakers”. There has to be a better way.