Sunday, January 15, 2006

Collateral Losses

Instead of trumping the figure of US losses at every single turn, how about the number of innocent lives lost in this war? Civilian men, women and children that the media seems to shrug it's shoulders at as if to say "People die in war". Had these been American civilians, there would be speeches and black ribbons, memorials and flowers by the thousands, eloquent poetry and moments of silence. Because they're not, we get another kind of silence; the silence of heads turning away, as if to say that what happened just wasn't important enough.

There is no "war on terror". This is a war of hubris and arrogance. The events of 9/11 were a crime on innocents but so are all the innocent people who die through unmanned drone strikes in crowded civilian areas in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm fed up with all the Orwellian double-think spin on what is essentially a human travesty.


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