A recently released Pentagon report titled "Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq" gives food for thought. Here's one quote in particular that gave me pause:
"Approximately 80 percent of all attacks are directed against coalition forces, but 80 percent of all casualties are suffered by Iraqis,"
In the report, Pentagon officials estimate the civilian death toll at 26,000 Iraqis killed by insurgent attacks between January 1st, 2004, through September 16th, 2005.
One number I didn't see was the number of Iraqi civilians killed by the U.S. militar... er... 'Coalition Forces.' Surely that would push the total number far higher. I've seen the total number of Iraqi civilians killed since we invaded estimated at over 30,000.
Thirty Thousand Civilians Dead. Think about it. That's a small city, wiped out.
It's Oregon City.
Or Lake Oswego.
The official count of those killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 is listed at 2,986. Those attacks had absolutely nothing to do with Iraq. I am only using the number as a point of reference regarding the number of dead.
We more than freaked out on 9/11. Rightly so, I might add. Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed, and we went ballistic.
Could you imagine if 30,000 Americans had been killed? It is simply unfathomable. And yet, those who sent us into this war... those who keep us at war... they more than accept the number of Iraqi civilian casualties. After all, our military presence in Iraq insures the deaths of thousands more Iraqi civilians. With no end to this war in sight, is it really unreasonable to expect it to result in a hundred thousand civilian deaths in Iraq?
I will never understand how politicians who preach about "A Culture Of Life" can so quickly dismiss life.
I'll never understand how someone who considers himself a man of god can have so little respect for what we are taught to be god's wishes.
George W. Bush, you are a disgrace, both as a leader and as a member of the human race. You will never be able to undo the damage you have done - both to Iraq, and to America's place in the world.
You seem to have left out the number of terrorists killed.
You also left out all those murdered by Saddam.
Sorry, but your post is a disgrace and a fraud - like all the other whiny liberals that love those terrorist blowing up little kids.
The lack of support from the liberal-socialist selfish minority has made the problem of making the world a safer place that much more difficult. The resistance to eliminate terrorists that you support has caused damage - you will never be able to undo that damage.::::: | November 1, 2005 9:44 AM
Just a dog indeed.
Iraq, the middle east and the world in general are more dangerous today than they were in 2000.::::: | November 1, 2005 9:51 AM
jedi moon said:
I couldn't help but comment on this. No one, and I mean no one loves, likes or even remotely wants to think about, let alone cause, the death of children. Republican or Democrat. But this is re-damn-diculous. JustaDog: if you every return here. You are hopelessly out-gunned, out-manuevered and just plain stupid. The very rights that you have to support the president are the same as those of us who don't support him. Here's a hit for you... Number of terrorists killed (that had anything to do with 9/11 in Iraq) 0 ... number of people murdered by Saddam (who are my or your responsibility) 0 But before we get on the human rights kick and global love and such... so if we induce (sorry I'll use smaller word for you) cause the death of 30,000 people to capture a killer it's ok? Who cares how many people die, as long as we catch him? Doesn't that make you as bad as he is?::::: | December 16, 2005 12:51 PM