Child Death Toll of Iraq and Afghanistan

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The civilian death toll of Iraq is now over 109,000 people. That’s pretty mind boggling considering the entire reason for going to war with Iraq was fabricated. And here we are in peaceful and quiet America, and very few of us can relate to 109,000 deaths. Well 3,000 deaths shook us up pretty hard when 9/11 happened, so we should really feel for the Iraqi citizens…

I always go back to this analogy: Imagine if your neighbor’s family got wiped out by an accidental missile strike. The 17 year old son that studied really hard every day after school that was planning to go to college: dead. The mother with her two young daughters: dead. The dad: dead. Grandma: dead.

I really believe it’s our job to stop and digest these facts and voice our concerns. And you have to think about how you’re connected to that Iraqi family. Here is my simple “connect the dots” stab at it:

You -> Congress Person/Representative of your district -> Oil/Defense Lobby -> American Military -> Dead Family

Your job is to really watch what your representatives are voting for. Are they voting for your interests? Are they wasting your tax dollars? Are these wars they are spending your money on creating more terrorism?

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Here is a time line of President Hamid Karzai statements about American military involvement in Afghanistan:

2002

“We are not happy. We don’t want any more Afghan civilian casualties.”

“This must not occur again.”

“I have asked that from now onwards everything should be closely co-ordinated between the Americans and the central authority of Afghanistan to make sure no such mishaps happen again and I have conveyed this to the Americans.”

2005

“I don’t think there is a big need for military activity in Afghanistan anymore. The use of air power is something that may not be very effective now because we have moved forward.”

“Similarly, going into the Afghan homes – searching Afghan homes without the authorization of the Afghan government – is something that should stop now.”

“No coalition forces should go into Afghan homes without the authorization of the Afghan government.”

2007

“Civilian deaths and arbitrary decisions to search people’s houses have reached an unacceptable level and Afghans cannot put up with it any longer.”

“Five years on, it is very difficult for us to continue accepting civilian casualties. It is becoming heavy for us; it is not understandable anymore.”

“We are very sorry when the international coalition force and NATO soldiers lose their lives or are injured. It pains us. But Afghans are human beings, too.”

“The Afghan people understand that mistakes are made. But five years on, six years on, definitely, very clearly, they cannot comprehend as to why there is still a need for air power.”

2008

“The continuation of civilian casualties can seriously undermine the legitimacy of fighting terrorism and the credibility of the Afghan people’s partnership with the international community.”

“Our demand is that there will be no civilian casualties in Afghanistan. We cannot win the fight against terrorism with airstrikes.”

“This is my first demand of the new president of the United States – to put an end to civilian casualties.”

“Part of that list was that they shouldn’t, on their own, enter the houses of our people and bombard our villages and detain our people.”

Sources:

Wikipedia

guardian.co.uk

washingtonpost.com

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