Monday, March 24, 2008

4000

Five years and now the official death count of US military in Iraq is now 4000. There are officially 29314 wounded. And the department of defense reports that 145 US military personnel in Iraq have committed suicide. Of course, nobody is really counting the Iraqis. You can see all of the statistics at Iraq Coalition Casualties.

Bring them home.

But ending this war is not enough. We must address the mindset in this country that sees violence as the primary and best response to conflict. This must be changed.

1 comment:

fernando said...

"We must address the mindset in this country that sees violence as the primary and best response to conflict."

I agree totally. It's a sub-Christian response and it needs to be addressed.

Also, there is a subtle corollary that must not be forgotten. That's the issue of the military being the primary tool of diplomacy.

In too many places and in too many ways the first encounter people have with the US government is a man with a gun. Really, every American who travels should visit the embassy in the country they are travelling to and try to look at it with an "outsider's eyes." If the embassies look like fortified bunkers in peacetime, it surely must say something?