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Anyone who had heard the official declaration made by President Bush on March 20, 2003 would probably not have imagined that four years later, US troops would still be in the streets of the Asian country.

As it is, it is almost a surety that the situation will still be the same at least for the next three years. The question that has been on the lips of several concerned citizens is this; “ Should the U.S.

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remove its troops from Iraq by 2010?” to this, I will hold that I am AGAINST the troops being removed by 2010. This is due to the following reasons.An internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Myles Munroe said and I quote that “When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse in inevitable”.

The question that I will ask is this; “ What was the purpose of the Invasion and has that purpose been achieved?” I quote from the words of the President made in an address to the nation on the 19th of March 2003. He said, “…at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” The question here now is has this purposes been fully achieved? With suicide bombing and terrorist threat still imminent in the country, my answer is no! If at this time we withdraw our troops from Iraq, then the purpose, the resources our comrades and the blood that has been shed is lost.

Furthermore, I once heard an African proverb that says, “Until a child is come of age, he is guided in whatever he does”. I like to say here that the war did not end with the capture of Saddam Hussein, in fact, until we ensure that there is peace and stability in the nation of Iraq, we are still moving round in circles. At an all-important UN meeting held on 3rd May 2007, the Secretary-General said that “As I saw for myself during my recent visit to Baghdad, Iraq faces immense challenges.  We cannot leave Iraq on its own to cope with them.  It is essential that we do our utmost to help the Iraqi people build a secure, peaceful, unified, federal and democratic nation, founded on the principles of freedom and equality.” It takes time for this to be attained and a compulsory removal of US troops from Iraq by 2010 may be detrimental to the growth and stability of the country.Another reason why I am against the removal of US troops from Iraq by 2010 is that there are fact to prove that although Saddam has been capture and cleared out of the way, there are still the Wahhabists, the Saddamists, and the Khomeinists who are merely looking for a hole to penetrate.

As a country, we have to ensure that we keep these fractions from Iraq so as to avoid ripple effect and a latter occurrence of another September 11. I quote from the words of the Liberalist; D. J. McGuire who is president and cofounder of the China e-Lobby. He said “I believe we cannot leave Iraq until we have kicked the al Qaedists, Saddamists, and Khomeinists out of Iraq”.On the other hand, several people have criticized the prolonged stay of US troops in Iraq, others do not even believe in the cause at all.

Some argue that the money being spent to maintain these troops can be used to serve a better purpose back home. Also, others maintain that the numbers of solders that have died in Iraq are enough and that America is now seen as a threat to the world. In reply to this, I believe that no amount spent on prevention of havoc in our land and restoration of peace in our neighboring country is too much.

September 11 is a day that many lost their fathers with all hopes lost. No amount of money spent to prevent another of such occurrence should said to be “too much”. Also, I would say again that if our troops are withdrawn by 2010 with the initial purpose not achieved, what our departed comrades have live, believed and fought for with their strength, blood and life will be a waste.In conclusion, this is a time we are left to speak for our vision and what we believe in but in the days ahead, our vision will speak for us. What we believe and fight for will be obvious to the whole world and in that day, all the mouths of critics will remain shut.

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