An answer to Smike and others....May 23 2004 at 12:24 AM
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Response to Whittle, at it again...
This is not a smart aleck post. I am not trying to push anybody's face in the mud. I would, however, like all of you to know part of the reason I support George Bush, the war on terror, and if you must, the war IN Irag. Notice, I said the war in Irag, not the war against Iraq. If you don't know the difference by now, I won't ever convince you and by the way, I don't care....
Take the number of people Saddam has murdered in unmarked graves – at least 300,000 and rising, and add to that the number of his own conscripts he has killed in wars against Iran and the various coalition forces deployed against him.
No less than a million Iraqis have died at his hands. No less than that, surely.
In the twenty-five years or so that he had absolute power, that averages to 40,000 men, women and children a year – no less.
This past year, despite the number of casualties we inflicted, there were perhaps thirty thousand Iraqis who were not killed because we invaded that country. Next year there will be forty thousand more – forty thousand who will survive, and have children, and grandchildren, because we did what we did in 2003. And the year after that, another forty thousand will live. Ten years from now, which in the world of our critics might have been year three of Uday or Qusay’s reign, there will be five hundred thousand people alive – because of us. Because of what we did. Because of what we are fighting and dying to do today.
Don’t abandon those people. Do not make meaningless the deaths of our own sons and daughters – and, for that matter, their sons and daughters. We can end this thing for the nearly unbearable, awful, horrific cost of less than a thousand American lives – and not a bill far, far worse, which will come due to us if we fail now. We – humanity – can prevail. We must not lose hope. We must not abandon our ideals. Disgrace and dishonor such as Abu Ghraib we can learn from, and correct, and redeem. Do not abandon this fight now. Not while we are winning. Not while success in within our reach but not yet within our grasp. Not this time.
This is the right thing to do. And we must continue to do it. We must.