war, what is it good for?

On Wednesday, Ken’s son will leave for his 3rd 6-month duty in Iraq.   For those of you who pray, Ken would appreciate prayers for Danny’s safety.    Being an atheist myself, I am left with simply hope. In circumstances like these, I tend to feel guilty for my lack of belief in a higher power, yet there’s nothing I can do about it except to offer support and understanding.

With all the bad news about the state of things at Walter Reed, we are just as worried about him coming home badly injured, as we are that he might not come back at all.  Do you realize that we’re beginning our fifth year of this insane war?  I’d personally like to know what’s been accomplished.  Does the good that we did in taking Saddam out of power trump the bad things our occupation has wrought for the people of Iraq?  How many people did Saddam kill?  How many Iraqis have died during this insurgency? 

A quick search regarding the civilian deaths Hussein was charged with reveals this:  Between 250,000 and 290,000 people were killed over a 20-year period under Hussein’s regime.

Estimates of civilian deaths in Iraq from 2003 to 2007 vary between 600,000 (recent MIT funded study) and 150,000 (Dept Of Defense numbers). Even if the number is somewhere between these two, it doesn’t appear that the Iraqi people are better off, does it? 

What have we done to these people?  What are we saving them from? 

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2 Responses to “war, what is it good for?”


  1. 1 Blue Athena March 13, 2007 at 8:43 am

    I just wish that anyone who ever thought the Iraq war was a good idea would realize they should stay out of the voting pool from now on. But instead they will blame outside forces for their own willful ignorance and continue elect officials who will commit even more deadly blunders.

    I’m so glad you way “What have we done to these people?” Because WE have done it as a society. Too many people blame “the government”, when in a democratic society we generally get the government that we deserve. Anyone who was lazy enough to close your eyes and believe Bush in the first place, should take responsibility for what they have done.

    And even those of use who didn’t, should accept that we are part of the society responsible, and that in most cases we could have done more in our efforts to stop it.

  2. 2 observantbystander March 13, 2007 at 10:48 am

    I think I’m going to my first peace rally this Sunday. Am almost ashamed to admit I haven’t been to one yet but better late than never. Thanks for the nice comment, Athena.


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