Share this on:
 E-mail
503
VIEWS
0
COMMENTS
 
SHARES
About this iReport
  • Approved for CNN

  • Click to view TriSean's profile
    Posted December 1, 2011 by
    TriSean
    Location
    Virginia
    Assignment
    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Stories from the Iraq war

    More from TriSean

    Getting Out of Iraq, the First Time

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     TriSean, a Canadian, was trained as a biological weapons inspector and inspected numerous sites for the United Nations in 2003. He currently works for General Dynamics, developing technologies and providing medical support to the U.S. Department of Defense.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    As a United Nations weapons inspector with the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC), we were the last civilians to leave Baghdad on 18 March 2003, the day the "war" officially started. The photo shows the last of the UN Inspectors boarding a United Nations' chartered aircraft at the Saddam International Airport. Less than 10 hours later, US Forces captured the airport and tore down the sign and renamed it the Baghdad International Airport.

    The invasion of Iraq and the subsequent hostilities has left a mixed taste in my mouth. For starters, the principal excuse to invade Iraq to discover WMD was a non-starter from the get go. The UN found no traces of Iraq reconstituting their WMD programs, nor did the subsequent Iraq Survey Group. Whether it was a sound decision to invade Iraq to seek WMDs (or to seek a regime change) will be debated for a long time.

    Ironically, I am now working for a US Defense contractor providing support to psychologically and brain injured wounded soldiers from OIF/OEF. I have seen many soldiers in my work returning with severe physical and mental injuries, all for a conflict which I could not support. My heart goes out to all of the wounded warriors, not only in the United States, but to all from other countries that supported this effort.

    Iraq is a beautiful place, with wonderful people with a great future ahead of them. I would very much like to return as a tourist, some day.
    • TAGS:

    • GROUPS:

    What do you think of this story?

    Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. If you'd like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.
    Be and editor! Choose an option below:
      Awesome! Put this on TV! Almost! Needs work. This submission violates iReport's community guidelines.

    Comments

    Log in to comment

    iReport welcomes a lively discussion, so comments on iReports are not pre-screened before they post. See the iReport community guidelines for details about content that is not welcome on iReport.

    Add your Story Add your Story