2007 Is deadliest year for U.S. in Iraq
“BAGHDAD – The U.S. military on Tuesday announced the deaths of five more soldiers, making 2007 the deadliest year for U.S. troops despite a recent downturn, according to an Associated Press count.
At least 852 American military personnel have died in Iraq so far this year – the highest annual toll since the war began in March 2003, according to AP figures.”
Is that really considered to be progress?? The new surge strategy ‘curbs violence’, but we haven’t had as many people killed throughout the WHOLE WAR since its inception? Call me a pessimist, but the highest number of americans murdered in a single year since the war began is atrocious and unacceptable. I thought this war was going to be a cakewalk. I thought iraqi oil was going to pay for this disastrous misadventure. I thought we would be out in 6 months. I thought sunni and shia alike would throw roses at our feet and dance in the street.
Here is what Howard Zinn said recently: ““The war on terrorism is a sham,” Zinn said at Morse Auditorium. “Terrorism is an idea that exists all over. You can’t make war on it. If terrorism is the killing of innocent people for some presumed important purpose, then making a war on people is terrorism. War is terrorism. The terrorism of our war in Iraq has killed far, far more people than were killed in the twin towers.”
Say what you will, but murder is murder no matter which way you spin it. Even if you disregard Zinns’ definition of terrorism, hundreds of thousands of INNOCENT Iraqi’s have died as a result of our campaign of “freedom”, what is that called, collateral damage? Millions of Iraqi’s have had to leave their homeland because its too dangerous, is that liberation? Saddam Hussein was a cut-throat criminal, but if we have killed more of his own people than he has, who is really the bigger killer, regardless of the purpose or rhetoric describing it.
If you really support the troops, fight to bring them home, fight to get them better body armor, fight to get them decent medical treatment once they arrive home. Fight the government to refrain from “stoploss” tactics and keeping the soldiers longer than their contracts provide for. Fight to get the government to change their description of ‘PTSD’ back to a medical condition, so that when soldiers return from lands of sand permanently fucked in the head because their friends were being blown to pieces, they can get help from the government instead of being labelled a head case with a personality disorder. Fight to get the military wages similar to blackwater contractors who make twice the money. Fight to get the soldiers decent ammunition so their guns don’t jam in the heat of combat. This is the gross creature of war hidden in the shadows. This is the epitome of hypocrisy. This is the dirty secret that no person of power wants you to realize. Sitting on your ass in front of the television eating hydrogenated oil-soaked slop, holding up a yellow ribbon and cheerleading an endless occupation is not helping the solidiers.
Face it:we won the war, the future of Iraq as a sovereign nation-state is no longer our business.