I love letter-writer Marc Toone:
Some of our soldiers are referring to their piece of the Iraq conflict as an Alamo-like situation. It is ironic (and little known) that the Alamo was a fight for the right of European American citizens to own and use slaves in Mexican territory. Mexico said no, and history turned it into a fight for “American freedom.” As an African American, I know that the Mexicans were the heroes, not the European Americans. Again we are in a battle that has a dubious motivation. We are freedom fighters once again, but not the heroes.
The Iraq War is a fight for freedom to control Iraq’s territory and natural resources.