Monday, March 19, 2007

4 Years...For What?

Sadly, today marks the 4th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. While we could sit here and argue about whether or not we should be involved in this war or when the US should leave, we should take a moment to consider its costs:
  • 3,218 US soldiers killed (2,937 died in the 9/11 attacks)
  • 23,417 US soldiers injured
  • 59,000-65,000 estimated number of Iraqi civilians killed
  • $400+ billion estimated cost of the war (your tax dollars at work)
Whether we support this war or not (and if you read my blog regularly, you can probably guess what side of the argument I'm on), the one thing we all need to agree on is that the Iraq war veterans deserve our full support. My father-in-law was in active duty, and if I were the queen of the world, I would give all vets free health care for life, and no vet would have to pay for housing, an education, whatever--they've already paid a huge price for our freedom.

I'll get back to the beauty stuff soon, but I leave you with one happy date to keep in mind: 1-20-09: George Bush's last day in office. It can't come soon enough.

1 comment:

filthpunkdammit said...

I heard the other day that a british study confirmed reports from john's-hopkins, that the iraqi death total is more like 650,000, and that is supposed to be a conservative number. theres also about a million+ refugees pouring across the borders.

i also heard that the military has been hiding injured soldiers in the mohave desert and re-enlisting them. theres another report about 5600 vets who have been issued dishonorable discharge based on what they term "personality disorders". in reality, these are soldiers who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. but by giving them dishonorable discharge, the military exempts themselves from having to give them any heath care. and just the other day pat tilman's mom admitted that she can't rule out that her son was assasinated by the US military. she also found out that they burned his uniform and his personal diary, cause he was about to return home and speak out against the iraq war.

so yeah... happy anniversary.