A popular song of the 60s asked, "War: what is it good for?"
This seems to be a commonly expressed sentiment among many Americans when considering the number of servicemen and women that the war in Iraq has claimed.
The cost of war is indeed great, and painful for a society to absorb. World magazine published an article titled "Comparison Shopping" in its June 3 issue of this year evaluating the current war against past conflicts. This article contained a table that put the numbers beside each other, clearly demonstrating that the lives lost in the Iraq war are miniscule in comparison to other wars. According to the article, this is in fact the least costly in lives of any American war.
The White House press secretary's statement happens to be true; 2,500 is in fact a number. Risking one's life is the highest patriotic duty one can perform for his/her country. This level of commitment should not be taken lightly or treated flippantly because the performance of this duty is extremely necessary.
should be obvious to any American who experienced the horror
of Sept. 11, 2001, that freedom is not free. No other country
in the world enjoys the amount of freedom found in America,
and this requires the selfless service that our countrymen
in uniform carry out.
The threat posed by al-Qaida and its program of global terrorism is very real and must be addressed with determined resolve and a united nation. The war in Iraq is the first step in a protracted War on Terror that could rival the Cold War.
The terrible events of 9/11 could happen again, and it is in the shadow of this threat that our fellow Americans fight and die to combat the menace of terrorism. The establishment of a free Iraq is vital to America's security.
The men and women who have died fighting for the freedom of Iraqis and the security of America shall not have died in vain, to borrow Lincoln's famous words, because we will not retreat until Iraq is completely self-sustaining and rid of terrorists.
Andrew, I wholeheartedly agree that we must respect the lives risked and should absolutely honor the sacrifices of our fellow Americans, but our generation should also expect America to stay the course and finish the job.
Yes, the war is costly, but the alternatives are far worse.