Post-War Conditions in Iraq
Roger G. Schoen
March 2 2015
Post-War Conditions in Iraq
“I think we ought to bring some of the Iraqis (Republican Guard) here and let them take a good look” General Norman Schwarzkopf On August 2 1990 Saddam Hussein and his forces invaded Kuwait and by August 7th the 24th Infantry Division (ID) which I was a part of, had orders to deploy to Saudi Araba for a build up to war, Desert Shield -Desert Storm. On 24 February 1990 the ground forces broke through around 1800 hours (6pm). 24th ID mission was to move through the western desert and come above the Republican Guard and stop them from retreating to safety. The Republican Guard was Saddam’s elite forces to protect his regime. By the 28th of February the conflict was over and Iraq’s forces were in shambles and walking home. President Bush stopped the conflict because he did not want to unstable the area. On March 20 2003 we again invaded Iraq; however the purpose this time was to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime. The 89th Military Police Brigade, 720th Military Police Battalion, 401st Military Police Company, which I again was part of, had orders to deploy with 4th Infantry Division. The Battalions mission was to more through Iraq to Tikrit, 200 kilometers north from Baghdad, (Saddam’s birth place and home town), and set up operation. Our primary mission was to teach Iraqis police tactics so that they could serve and protect their communities. There is a humanitarian crisis in Iraq from the war. The Bush, Blair administration has been criticized for failure in planning post-combat operations. Millions of Iraqis are in a state of a disastrous situation. With the doctors leaving Iraq, key services are desperately short on staff. Mothers are appealing to the international community to recover the bodies of the streets so that their children will be spared the horror. The Monitoring Net of Human Rights in Iraq has estimated that there are over 4.5 million children that are homeless and parentless with 500,000 living on the street with no type of care. There are more than 4.7 refugees of Iraq. Two million fled Iraq while 2.7 are internally displaced. All kind of people have been targeted from teachers to policeman with 331 teachers and over 2000 doctors murdered and 250 Iraqis kidnapped sine the 2003 invasion. Entire neighborhoods in Baghdad were ethnical cleansed by Shia and Sunni militias and sectarians, violence broke out in almost every city in Iraq that was mixed population. Both the Kurds in the north and the Sunni Arabs pushed out each other from cities. Iraq is a country in crisis that has an internal conflict that has escalated since early 2014, that has created a protection issue of millions; over 20,000 civilian have been killed or injured. Civilians have all been targeted because of their religious or cultural background. Women have been singled out with thousands being raped, sold and abused. With over 800,000 Iraqis displaced and without proper housing that has to be fixed prior to winter. Ethnocentrism refers to a tendency to use your own culture as a baseline to judge or understand other cultures. In Iraq there is three major cultures: Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish, with two major religious beliefs Muslin and Christian. The issues that may arise while in Iraq are customs, language and beliefs. The muslin culture has had some type of violence for centuries. The belief that power is though violence, every culture wants to be the one in control. I have after two tours in Iraq find it hard to trust or believe whether it’s right or not. Prior to our planning for the humanitarian project in Iraq there are three topics that I want to understand better. We are going to review health issues, rebuilding Iraq and water safety. The people in Iraq will have health issues due to the decades of wars. As usually the women and children are at risk of having health...
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