Friday, September 22, 2006

U.S. fatalities in war exceed those from Sept. 11

U.S. fatalities in war exceed those from Sept. 11

Military deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan reach 2,974
The Associated Press
Updated: 7:44 p.m. PT Sept 22, 2006

U.S. military deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan now surpass those of the most devastating terrorist attack in America’s history, the trigger for what came next.
The latest milestone for a country at war came Friday without commemoration.
Not for the first time, war that was started to answer death has resulted in at least as much death for the country that was first attacked, quite apart from the higher numbers of enemy and civilians killed, too.
“There’s never a good war but if the war’s going well and the overall mission remains powerful, these numbers are not what people are focusing on,” said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Boston University. “If this becomes the subject, then something’s gone wrong.”
A new study on the war dead and where they come from suggests that the notion of “rich man’s war, poor man’s fight” has become a little truer over time.

I can remember, during and after my time in Viet Nam, we were treated to weekly reports of "body counts" and the left found it just horrid that such a thing was being reported. It seems I also remember hearing they would never want to hear these reports again.

Now, fueled by the anti-Iraq war leftists, we seem to be treated to "DAILY" body counts, but only of U.S. Military, regardless of how their deaths came about.

The article mentions "something going wrong" due to the public focusing on these counts. Could it be the constant drone of negativity being reported on by our Lamestream media? Could it be due to they themselves are the ones making sure the public focuses on the count?

To put things in proper perspective, it should be noted that far fewer Military members have died in both theaters of this war that the average that die from murders and crimes in some of our major cities. FBI statistics for 2004-05 have Washington at 45.9, Baltimore at 37.7, and Atlanta at 34.9 per 100,000, while the Iraq War has a rate of 25.71 per 100,000.

This constant drone of death while reporting each and every negative story they can find or invent is a sure fire method to make sure the public loses it's support for President Bush in executing this war. It was done to us in Viet Nam and is being done once again, but on a much larger scale.

In November 2005, as we hit the "milestone" of the 2,000th death, I wrote a letter to our paper, The Columbian and was fortunate enough for it to be published, right after one advocating the anti-war leftists. The numbers have increased but my feelings of sadness as well as pride in these volunteers has not:

Terrorism continues, too

With the all the mention recently of families mourning the 2,000th loss of loved ones in Iraq, I also think of the families still mourning from 9/11. I also think of the families mourning from the USS Cole as well as others mourning the Khobar Towers bombing.

There are literally thousands of families, American, European, Arab, and Asian, who mourn the loss of loved ones at the hands of terrorists. These terrorists have to be stopped. This war on terror should have been started 30 years ago, before they gained the support and power they have today. Appease them now and imagine the power they will have 10 or 20 years from now.

At the same time as I shed my tears over these 2,000, I also beam with pride that this latest generation has produced such fine young men and women who willingly placed themselves in harm's way for the protection and liberation of others and have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Their sacrifices are not to be taken lightly, denigrated or sensationalized but deserve to be held up to the entire world as among the finest people this country has ever produced.

As in John 15:13, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Lew Waters

Support our troops. Support our President and let's end this threat once and for all.

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