2,000 TROOPS DEAD...AND COUNTING
500,000 IRAQIS SLAIN? I particiapted in a dialogue last evening that offered two community leaders discussing the pros and cons of the Iraq War. The "pro" perspective was represented by a recently-retired, three-star General from the Indiana National Guard. He commented on yesterday's news that 2,000 troops have now died in the Iraq War. He also noted pointedly that over 23,000 American troops have been wounded in the conflict and that the lives of more than 500,000 Iraqi soldiers and citizens have been snuffed out.
BEYOND BODY COUNTS. The Iraq Body Count initiative (www.iraqbodycount.net) gives an up-to-date body count of civilian deaths as a result of the military intervention. Their estimate of Iraqi civilian deaths to date is between 26,000 and 30,000. Of course, casualties of war are inestimable. They cannot be summed up with body counts. How can we tabulate the massive loss of integrity, the reduction of our witness, the demise of our souls, the reduction of our expectations, the depression of our psyches, the rise in global cynicism, the festering of hatred, or the seeding of a new generation of violence?