December 16, 2003

Re: Military family organization protests US presence in Iraq

Posted at 11:46 PM Newsgroups
"Otis Willie" wrote in message
> Military family organization protests US presence in Iraq

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[Patrick Responds]

From the article, beginning with the wife of a serviceman:

"Sometimes, I think that Congress thinks it is so easy to make a decision that involves another country, but they overlook the effects it will have on our military, their families and children," she said. "No one speaks up, but our voices need to be heard."
In a nationally televised address Sunday, Bush told Americans they should prepare for a long and expensive effort that will eventually lead to a democracy in Iraq.

"The heaviest burdens in our war on terror fall, as always, on the men and women of our armed forces and our intelligence services," he said.

Bastante said she's tired of seeing that burden -- in terms of the number of service members killed -- continue to rise. As of Monday, 287 U.S. service members have been killed since the conflict started March 20, with 149 of those deaths occurring after Bush declared the end of major combat May 1, according to U.S. Central Command. There are about 250 Fort Bliss soldiers still in Iraq.

My sympathy goes out to Bastante and the other families of soldiers, and the soldiers. Ending the war to save American lives is a good reason to end the war.

However, the heaviest burden is, as always, on the civilians caught in the war zone. This time, it's the Iraqi people. currently lists reported Iraqi civilian deaths at between 6,118 and 7,836. The Iraqi Victims Fund, going door to door in Iraq, estimates between 5,000 and 10,000 Iraqi civilians have so far died in the conflict.

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