Stop this war
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com ) Sunday Mar 20th, 2011
The 8th anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq - a war that continues in its destructive violence on the ground, as well as in the physical, emotional, moral and spiritual suffering inflicted on the Iraqi people, U.S. military personnel, and families of fallen soldiers.
According to Iraq Body Count, there were 4,036 Iraqi civilian deaths by violence in 2010. Also in 2010, sixty U.S. military were killed in Iraq. For the second year in a row, the U.S. military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coalition deaths in Afghanistan for 2010 were 711. The war goes on. And now another war in Libya! Other views drew allusions to other US-led wars, including Vietnam, saying that air attacks by French, US and British forces amounted to a "cold war" on Islam. Noam Chomsky in his book, The New Military Humanism (Common Courage Press). Indeed, the scholar-activist finds scant evidence in human history of wars fought out of a sense of compassion. The U.S., with its long record of aggression, epitomizes the hypocrisy of nations that have instigated wars under altruistic pretexts, he argues. Stop this war!
Ted Rudow III, MA