we are just over a week from the three year mark of our country's evil and embarassing attack on iraq. george bush lied to the american people. he lied about weapons of mass destruction. he lied about a saddam-osama connection. he lied about the status of iraq. he lied about our liberating the iraqis.
in three years we have spent the lives of over 2300 american soldiers to kill almost 40,000 innocent iraqis. innocent men, innocent women, innocent children, innocent elderly. the actual numbers may easily be twice as much. we have killed many times more iraqis who were either free or forced to protect their country.
40,000. it's a big number, but it isn't just a number. each represents a person. a human being who died because of american greed and pride. a brother, a son, a mother, a daughter, a father, sister, cousin, uncle, aunt, grandmother, grandfather. a 2 year old daughter of azibba al-issa, killed by a mortar shell on may 6 2004. a 11 year old girl saja mohammen, killed in april 2004 during airstrikes in fallujah. a sixteen year old male farmer maitham thare madlol al- sheblawy, shot april 1 2003. a 30 year old housewife shukreyaa abed al-hassian naayef killed by an american missile on march 23 2003.
the list could go on.
40,000 dead doesn't include the hundreds of thousands injured, maimed, blinded, disabled, and destroyed in other ways, but living to remember the pain and suffering forever. i don't know the name of the boy above. if he is still alive, how will he remember our great and wonderful country. how liberated is he today? what freedoms of peace and life have we stripped of him.
a child. for god's sake, a child.
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