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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Cost of a Criminal War

"One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic" Joseph Stalin

In the last day the number of Iraqis who have died as a result of the criminal invasion and occupation of that country by the United States has passed one million. (see accumulating total in sidebar). And it continues unabated. How many is too many!

There are those who see the million who died as a result of the First American/Iraqi war and the resulting embargo(as many as a half million children died) and a million who died in the Iraq/Iran war in which the US supported its friend Sadaam Hussein with intelligence and chemical weapons, as part of the three million "genocide" in Iraq. History will judge.American Genocide In The Middle East: Three Million and Counting - CommonDream

When you add the 7 million refugees to these totals the war in Iraq is the single largest human tragedy in the world today.It is worse than the tragedy of Darfur.

I need someone to explain to me that the cost in lives of the war in Iraq is justifiable! It isn't, or course. This criminal war brings shame on us all for not doing more to prevent it. And still we do not do enough to end it!

Stalin was right. People cannot empathize with a large statistic. What we don't seem to emotionally understand is that statistics do not die! Individual human being die and leave pain and suffering for those left behind. We need to spend some time thinking or and learning of the deaths of Iraqis. I doubt it their are any Iraqi families or tribes that have not lost significant numbers of members.

The United States needs to end this unjustifiable war. (Even when a majority of Americans have come to this conclusion is doesn't happen) Make reparations! Then put the leadership of the Bush administration on trial for war crimes. Only this way can the damage to America's reputation begin to be repaired.


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