By Julian Teekaram, First Edition Anchor/Producer - bio | email
Lima Ohio -
It's been ten years since the Iraq war, and yet there continues to be unrest and upheaval in the country. Just today, bombs exploded killing 48 people in the capital. We talked with one local Iraq veteran about what the anniversary means to him.
Rick Lee, a staff sergeant with the 4th Infantry Division, served in Iraq from January to December of 2003. Lee says it was an honor to defend the nation, but he missed out on many important family affairs while he was away.
Although it was hard to miss birthdays and anniversaries, Lee believed in the cause-- which he says was to overthrow a ruthless dictator and bring democracy to the people of Iraq.
Many Americans are still confused as to why we invaded Iraq. Weapons of mass destruction, controlling the Middle East for America's interests, and democracy have all been reasons at some point.
One local history professor finds it difficult to believe bringing democracy to the people was the real reason behind the invasion.
The war has left more than 100,000 Iraqis and more than 4,000 U.S. service members dead.