Three years after the U.S. invaded to overthrow a repressive regime, to pursue the war on terror, and to liberate the people, the suffering of the Iraqi people intensifies:
(BBC) Many dead in new Baghdad attacks
Four years after the U.S. invaded to overthrow a repressive regime, to pursue the war on terror, and to liberate the people, the suffering of the Afghanistani people intensifies:
The [Canadian] force's mission includes supporting reconstruction efforts, but Eikenberry offered a dire warning for his successor: "There will be an increase in violence in the spring, and we can forecast an increase in violence in the summer."
History will challenge us to explain the difference between these two adventures. It will accuse of self-serving moral blindness. It will ask, "Did anyone really not grasp that both invasions had everything to do with U.S. strategic and economic interests? Did anyone really find a soft spot in the American heart for suffering foreigners?"
Rather than wait for history, I would like to pose those questions now. Iraq and Afghanistan: Details aside -- what is the difference?