While the reasons we went into Iraq were, first and foremost, to assure our own safety, (and that is also the reason we are not in Sudan's Darfur region, in Mynamar, North Korea, China, Congo, etc,) saving the Iraqis from the murderous tyranny of Saddam, and giving them the opportunity to determine their own destiny has turned out to be a good and noble thing all by itself.
It is on par with rescuing a person from a mob, or from a burning building at great personal risk to yourself. That is why people admire and respect firefighters and cops. And for that same reason firefighters and cops are accorded higher respect when they are killed in the line of duty.
Our soldiers are doing a grand and noble thing in Iraq. We should not forget that. We also should accord them the respect and reverence they are due instead of using them for propaganda purposes, like some people.
Remember, they are drawing in and fighting the terrorists over there so we won't have to fight them over here.