A John Hopkins University study completed over a year ago estimated the number of civilian casualties in Iraq attributable to the current war to be 100,000, possibly much more. Over half were women and children.
According to the study, violence accounted for most of the deaths and air strikes from coalition forces accounted for most of those. Each one of the dead presumably has many grieving friends, associates, family members and other loved ones who now have the best reason in the world to hate America and want revenge. And who could blame them? Can you imagine how you would feel if an army from another country invaded America and killed your mother, father, wife, husband, child or best friend?
The longer we stay in Iraq, the more innocent people will suffer and die and the more we will continue to make enemies.
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