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Monday, June 05, 2006


Iraq War - Parents of Casualties Speak

Grief, Anger.....and a Sense of Bewilderment

I opposed the war before the first bombs fell on Baghdad, before the first pair of boots hit the ground in Iraq. Today, with all the facts that are known, my position has solidified. Our nation was taken to war on a pack of lies. The cost has been horrendous both in terms of wasted lives and the money (our money) spent. The lies continue although they have gone through different versions since March 2003 when the war began. So, I read Peter Slevin's Bonded by Loss, Divided by War in the Post with sadness. "UNIONTOWN, Ohio -- Bob Derga searches for purpose on a flat terrace behind his house, overlooking the woods. On one side is a weeping cherry tree. On the other, above the Marine Corps seal, is a chiseled stone: "If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever." Beyond saying that I'm with the parents who question the senselessness of the war, I wouldn't comment about the sentiments expressed.

The numbers (see below) tell a story but only a small part of the story. When you think of the loss of lives, think not only of our soldiers but also about the hapless Iraqi civilians who got caught in the unjustified war. It would be absurd if one fails to take them into the equation.

U.S. Deaths confirmed by the DOD: 2,473
Injured: 8,344
Iraqi civilians: 38,059 (minimum) 42,434 (maximum)

Sources: Iraq Coalition Casualties and Iraq Body Count

"War hath no fury like a non-combatant"
---C.E. Montague, British author, journalist, soldier

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