The 9/11-Iraq Death Toll Milestone

I agree with Barcepundit’s commentary on the “milestone” that was recently reached with military deaths in Iraq topping the number of people killed in the 9/11 attacks:

Did anyone ever think to criticize World War II after the 2.303 ‘grim milestone’ was reached (the number of people killed at Pearl Harbor)? Obviously not; back then people had the moral compass in place. Just think that as the war ended, they would have been able to count that ‘grim milestone’ a staggering 182 times, since in WW2 about 420,000 people died, 407,000 of them military.

I am sure I have said this before, but another thing to think about is that we will never know how many more people might have been killed in subsequent terrorist attacks if the information gained from the Iraq invasion had never been obtained.

Another thing that is rarely considered is how many military deaths would have occured (in training, etc.) during the same time period even if we were not in Iraq. The death of every fallen American hero is sad, and is devastating to their family and friends (our own Kim Priestap was a first hand witness to this when her husband’s cousin lost his life in Iraq recently). Whether it be the result of the war in Iraq or a downed aircraft during a training mission in North Carolina, the death of an American soldier, sailor or Marine is incredibly sad.

Some parts of Iraq are extremely dangerous, but compared to previous conflicts, the death toll there is still quite low by historical standards. That is of no comfort to the loved ones of the fallen, but it is something that should be considered when discussing “grim milestones.” (Link via Instapundit)

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