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May 19, 2004

Re: They're just numbers

A reader responds to "They're just numbers":

Junior High students can give a better estimation on the number of casualties of the war in Iraq than Deputy Defense Secretary Mr. Paul Wolfowitz. I would, personally, be deeply embarrassed even in the privacy of my own home, if I had even come close to the numbers he presented.

If anything, this war should have brought more awareness to the people of the United States, but it cannot be shown any more bluntly that people need something absolutely shocking to waken them from this ignorant trance that they have found themselves in.

I constantly find my conversations veering into the subject of the Iraqi war, and it stuns me that some people know close to nothing about what is going on.

If the difference of 222 lives isn't enough to make every single person in every state wonder, I don't know what is. But I will say this: if "approximately 500" is how someone wants to calculate the deaths in Iraq, then maybe that person should go talk to 222 families who lost loved ones. Maybe then it wouldn't be so easy to forget how many people lost their lives.

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