RANGER AGAINST WAR: Urge for Going <

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Urge for Going

According to the most recently released statistics by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, between 426,329 and 793,663 deaths have occurred in Iraq as a result of the hostilities there, with 601,037 of these being violent deaths. The article did not indicate the number killed by U.S. forces, but we all know they were bad guys.

The article goes on to state that as of the final week of September, the Iraqi government had banned the central morgue in Baghdad and the Health Ministry from releasing casualty figures to the press. After all, the American taxpayers are paying for this war, but they do not need accurate figures as they are accustomed to being in the dark.

It is amazing how quickly the Iraqi flunkies learn the finer points of mind control from their American overseers. Of course, the U.S. military does not agree with these figures, and the President himself said in his latest news conference that he would accept the figure of 30,000 Iraqi dead, max.

Americans must question the violence that is a result of the Iraqi invasion. These are real people dying every day as a result of failed U.S. policy. While we cannot stop the sectarian violence we have unleashed, we do not have to continue to be a part of it. We should pull out and let them have their civil war, which has been long overdue.

A great civilization such as the U.S. cannot and should not be associated with such brutal and open-ended violence.

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/10/11/iraq.deaths/index.html

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