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Number of deaths in Iraq is no joke

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2004

Here are the facts: President Bush repeatedly asserted to the citizens of the United States that Saddam Hussein was linked to al-Qaeda and that he also had caches of weapons of mass destruction that he could use against the United States and we were all in grave and imminent danger. There were substantial reports to the contrary, from the weapons inspectors, as well as members of Bush's staff.

This March marks two years since the United States armed forces, under the direction of their commander in chief, President George W. Bush, bombed Baghdad.

Now, in November 2004, no link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida has ever been established. No weapons of mass destruction have been found.

At an official gathering last year, President Bush, in a humorous mood, joked about not finding any weapons of mass destruction. He looked under a desk, then looked back and smiled and said, "Nope, no weapons of mass destruction there." It was captured on video by a newsman and videographer. He joked about the very reason he justified this war.

On the radio, I heard a little girl cry from a Baghdad hospital bed where her father had taken her from her home in Fallujah. Her family had no place to run to; their house had been riddled with bullets, she was hit as she and her family gathered in their kitchen. I thought of my two daughters and could feel her confused pain in her cry and her father's fear and love for his little girl in his question. What did she do?

It's not complicated; it's simple. It's death. The United States and our elected president's administration is responsible for 1,214 American deaths at this writing, more than 2,200 United States' troops alone who now need prosthetic devices to replace legs and arms, and the destruction of beautiful cities, museums, and art.

We don't keep the statistics on how many Iraqis we kill.

It's that simple.

Sybil Davis

Juneau



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