April 16, 2008

Watching the media talk about the WoT, you would get the sense that we are sustaining huge casualties to the point where we are almost losing a generation to the war. You can talk figures all you want but most people's eye just glaze over and they don't really get any true sense of the losses. People are visual, they get a better grasp when they can see items in concrete form.

To put our casualties sustained in the WoT in terms that a 13 year old can understand, here is an interesting graph:

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ANY death is a tragedy, but to conflate the numbers lessens the import of any single death, and that is dishonoring that sacrifice.

Our Mainstream Print and TV media, and many Politicians like to slant; that these brave men and women, who are losing their lives in Iraq, are mostly minorities! Wrong AGAIN! The latest census, of Americans, shows the following distribution of American citizens, by Race:

European descent (White) ....... 69.12%
Hispanic ............................... 12.5%
Black..................................... 12.3%
Asian ..................................... 3.7%
Native American .................... . 1.0%
Other ..................................... 2.6%

Now... here are the fatalities by Race; over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom:

European descent (white) ..... 74.31%
Hispanic ............................. 10.74%
Black .................................. 9.67%
Asian ................................ . 1.81%
Native American ................... 1.09%
Other ................................... .33%

Posted by Delftsman3 at April 16, 2008 10:51 AM | TrackBack
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"According to a 2005 U.N. report, more people [per cent of population] die from gunfire in Venezuela than in any other country on Earth (including Iraq)."

Posted by: teqjack at April 16, 2008 02:06 PM

You could add another even smaller pile titled the number of Americans killed by terrorists during the last 20 years (right next to the slightly higher piles of American who drowned in their bath-tub or choked to death on peanut butter). I guess it puts the whole trillion-dollar "war on [fill-in-the-blank]" in perspective, doesn't it?

Posted by: Karlo at April 17, 2008 11:14 AM

Funny you should mention that figure of 20 years Karlo... There have been over 4,000 AMERICANS that died at the hands of terrorists since that November day in 1979...I'm not even including the tens of thousands in places like Darfur, the Sudan, and in Eastern Europe that are victims of the same bloody ideology; Radical Islam.

November 4, 1979 is the date we were notified that we were at war; the only problem is that WE didn't respond that way; and the terrorists have been escalating ever since.

I suppose you belong to the school of "we must wait until a nuke takes out one of our major cities before we respond" camp...

If that damned peanut farmer had responded as he SHOULD have when the Iranians commited an act of war against us, we might not be facing a nuclear Iran today, and Saddam would not have had the run he had.

Iraq and Afghanistan are just parts of a larger policy goal. That goal is to try to take the region from the control of the Radical Islamists and secure a vital resource that our country needs to survive.

"No Blood for Oil" makes a lofty sounding slogan, but the facts are that 1. All wars ultimately are fought over resources. And 2. Oil is the lifeblood of an industrial society, and will continue to be for the near and mid term future.

The fact that we have not just taken the oil we fought for proves that we are a civilized country and not out to build a global empire as the Left would have it. We merely want free access at a fair price and under a stable regime.

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