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?