Five, Six, Seven
by James Glaser
May 21, 2007
Friday: 5 GIs, 84 Iraqis Killed; 34 Iraqis Wounded
Saturday: 6 GIs, 92 Iraqis Killed; 54 Iraqis Wounded
Sunday: 7 GIs, 1 Korean Soldier, 46 Iraqis Killed
Those were the headlines used by antiwar.com this past weekend, and they make me ask, did these Soldiers and Marines die defending our country? Were they killed while in the act of bringing freedom to the Iraqi people? Were any of their deaths worth the sorrow they will bring to their families?
Wars are horrible, and you can see by these headlines that about eight times more Iraqis died this weekend. What did their deaths tell us? Will the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have died since we started this war bring peace to their country? Will their deaths make Iraq safer?
What are we trying to do over there now? When we have five, six, or seven Americans killed every day, does that mean President Bush's troop surge is working? If we kill enough Iraqis, will the fighting stop?
How many Americans can die over there, and still have this a worth while war?
That is the problem with George Bush's war, all of these questions should have been asked before we started. We still don't have any answers except that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, and there never were any weapons of mass destruction.
Somebody should come up with a number, like when 5,000 American troops are dead, Iraq's democracy is no longer worth more blood. How about when another ten thousand innocent Iraqi civilians are dead, we pull the plug because by then we will know nobody is ready to quit killing.
Somehow we need answers, and if Washington can't come up with any, then we have to come up with our own, and say enough is enough.
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