Monday, October 16, 2006

Is 3000 just another number?

According to the U.S. Census bureau tomorrow the population of the United States will reach 300 million. Today the number of American soldiers to die in Iraq surpassed 3000. A small percentage perhaps, but each one of those 3000 has a name, a family was a human being, was a young American.

As horrible as this sounds a number of studies, including one by John Hopkins university sets the death toll of Iraqi’s at somewhere between 400,000 and 800,000 human lives. What percentage is this of Iraq’s population? Does it matter? Again each of these people had a name, a family and was a human being. How does the Bush administration respond, the claim the number is more like 30,000. No independent expert comes close to that low a number. Once again this administration will make up the facts, to deceive.

Most former U.S. Generals say the war plan is a disaster; the head of the British Army says his troops should be pulled out. Even some republican senators are saying "stay the course" is not a plan.

How many must die before the outrage over a war that was justified by, what most realize, were mistakes at best, lies at the worst. By a war that had nothing to do with terrorism. By a war that has damaged our trust, our influence and power around the world. A war that has created more defiant enemy nations in response it has created more terrorists, more nuclear countries and has made the United States and the world less safe.

How many must die. How many from your community have died since Bush stood in front of the Mission accomplished banner. How many of your neighbors, how many from your high school.

How many must die before we scream out against this President. Point out his lies, Point out his misuse of the fear of terrorism, his misuse of our trust, and his misuse of his power.
How many must die, 3000, 30,000, 300,000? How many?


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