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What Can You Do If An Unwanted, Belligerent "Houseguest" Will Not Go home?

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Think of someone who you didn't invite to your house, but who still shows up and, then upon entering, draws a gun and starts barking orders. Well, when you recover from the shock, you might say, "Wait a minute, this is my house, and you must leave." However your now ensconced "guest" loudly announces, "I'm here, I intend to remain here as long as I wish."

That's how the shell-shocked people of Iraq and Afghanistan are feeling these days. Their uninvited houseguest has totally worn out his welcome, is becoming pushy, overbearing, and downright nasty to say the least. It's not been a good relationship as the houseguest has dominated and controlled every facet of your life during his stay that has now lasted for almost a decade. Will the unwanted intruder ever go home?

Can we in America even begin to realize what living in these two nations might be like after being subjected to an occupation by the most powerful military power in history? Can we further imagine trying to live from day to day when, at any given moment, you and your family might be the victims of bullets, bombs or even missiles fired by overhead drones? That's a living nightmare, one that has been going on since 2001.

No, I don't think any American could really imagine living in that kind of terror each and every day. If such horror ever came to our nation I and my fellow Americans would call it illegal, immoral, and unconscionable. We would call it a clear violation of international law and we would demand that the United Nations take immediate action to force the invading nation to cease its military actions. If the UN, as is often the case, failed to act, then you can be certain the people of America would rise up and use every ounce of energy to expel the invader. We would, in effect, become insurgents.

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