Monday, October 16, 2006

3,001 coalition troops have died in Iraq — for what?

There have been 3,001 coalition deaths — 2,767 Americans, two Australians, 119 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, six Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Fijian, one Hungarian, 32 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, two Romanians, two Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians — in the war in Iraq as of October 16, 2006, according to a CNN count. The list includes the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The list also includes seven employees of the U.S. Defense Department. At least 20,895 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

For what?

These two American troops died yesterday:

ADCOCK, Shane T., 27, Capt., Army; Mechanicsville, Va.; 25th Infantry Division.

WALSH, Justin T., 24, Sgt., Marine; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Eighth Engineer Support Battalion, Second Marine Logistics Group, Second Marine Expeditionary Force.

What did their deaths accomplish?

Click here for the entire list of 3,001 Americans and coalition forces who have died in Iraq in the last three years.

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  1. they died so masons could be censored on the internet.

  2. In case we find ourselves believing on some political line that we send our troops to fight and die at some foreign land, so for years we could be subjected to bodily check at the airports and scare the voters that the "bad guys" were about to blow mini WMD in some mega Mall, here a rehash of something to think about for coming Veterans Day:
    Serving in military service is an adventure to itself; it has it own rewards and its own perils. A vocation that swore to defend the Constitution from anybody except it own leaders. Being subjected to special jurisprudence outside the normal civilian legal procedures, service members must face severe consequences in voicing their own personal opinion in public. Life in military is full of paradox as well as clarity.

    There is no glory in war. The only people who are in peace are those to died, those who survived lived with their nightmares. People who took military active duty employment know that death comes with the job. They did not "give up" their lives, it was taken and if the truth is to be known, a rational person will prefer to take "it" than give "it" up.
    They fought just to survive and to say that they died to defend someone else freedom or justice can always be heard from someone who is still alive trying to find the solace to those who wonder why.
    If this Nation really wants to honor their veterans, use diplomacy first and if all fails, fight to win-- not to make statement. We tried that before, it didn't worked. Nations don’t declare war against poverty, against drugs or against terrorism. War is between Nations. Victory is declared when other nation is defeated or surrendered not when they "elect" politicians who eventually want to immigrate or seek asylum to US.
    Victory is achieved when other belligerent nation accepted the fact that they lose. One doesn’t need to read Art of War by Tsun Tzu or On War by von Clausewitz, as somebody said that it takes two to tango. Rationalizing the deaths of our soldiers by making up lofty rhetoric does not justify everybody's loss. If we truly want to honor their unfortunate fate, make their effort consistent to the goal of the Nation. Winning a war is an all out effort not a half-measured affair.


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