One must ask the question — Is the “cure” worse than the disease?

 

MSNBC/AP: U.S. fatalities in war exceed those from Sept. 11 — Military deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan reach 2,974

Even if you still think that Iraq was somehow connected to 9/11, this war has exceeded all measures of proportionality. Certainly the American deaths are tragic, wasted and wrong, but even worse are the numbers of Iraqi civilians who have been killed as a result of the American intervention (according to the very conservative, verified count of Iraqbodycount.org as of today we are looking at a minimum of 43,269 civilian deaths.

I don’t often talk on this blog about the numbers of the dead, the stupidity of this war, the inept leadership of our country, the growing move towards fascism in this country, the total loss that has no rationalization and is such a waste, because frankly I can’t delve into this truth very deeply without sinking into an incredible black hole of despair and depression. I wish so badly that God would do something, that those who claim to listen to him would act to stop this ungodly war, but wishing and praying so far hasn’t stopped anything.

I guess it comes back to the fact that we each have to do what we can, to keep doing our little bit to end war, to keep praying, to keep hope, but there are some days that I find it hard to find the faith and love to do it, particularly when my hate towards our leaders enflames my own heart. I know this hate doesn’t do anything to bring about a more loving and peaceful world…

Anyway I’ve rambled on long enough. Things just seem so dark right now, it is hard to feel hopeful.

3 thoughts on “One must ask the question — Is the “cure” worse than the disease?”

  1. Wonder what it was like to be our grandparents in the 1940s? The media wasn’t as quick to report casualties then, and we arguably didn’t have quite the political division that we do now. But this is what they heard about the war of their generation:
    (Roughly)
    Number of lives lost, Allies: 51 million
    Number of lives lost, Axis: 11 million
    Number of lives lost, U.S. military: 144,000
    Number of lives lost, U.S. civilians: 11,200
    Victims of Jewish Holocaust: 5.7 million

    The allies alone lost as many lives as the current populations of Texas and California combined, and most of them were civilian, not military. I’m not trying to make you more depressed. I’m just saying that although these numbers are incomprehensibly high, all ofthese countries made it through, and even though it took years of struggle and compromise, there is a spirit of resilience that endures. God didn’t stop the death toll at 50,000, and there were probably moments for that generation that seemed utterly hopeless. And there were plenty of political rifts on the home front.

    I am of course not comparing the war on terrorism to WWII. But I just thought that somehow this could be construed as inspiring. There is something deep within people that allows us to suffer through the tragic and keep up faith to build a future. Maybe that’s where God is during war.

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