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Collateral damage

Headline: Operation by U.S., multinational forces and Iraqi police are killing twice as many Iraqis – most to them civilians – as attacks by insurgents. Between April 5 and Sept. 19, there were 3,487 Iraqi deaths and, of those, 328 were children and women; 13,720 Iraqis were injured. During the period, 432 American soldiers were killed.

If you were an Iraqi and a “liberating” army removed Saddam and then killed your wife and children, how would you feel toward your “liberators”? I, personally, would feel murderous as I am sure many newly converted Iraqi insurgents do.

We continue to refer to these deaths as collateral damage, a euphemism that sinfully strips away the carnage from the statistics.



Before the invasion of Iraq, most people mourned our 9/11 tragedy. We have squandered those sentiments by invading a country that, for all of its evils, had nothing whatever to do with the 9/11 terrorism. It has become a haven for al-Qaida as a direct result of that invasion, and we are less safe as a result. Osama bin Laden wanted a war with the U.S., and we were duped into following his plan perfectly.

Stuart Hoffmann




Grass Valley


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