War in Iraq: Death toll for U.S. soldiers reaches 4,000. Why don't we seem to care very much?
I'm just saying. Maybe 4,000 isn't enough for us to get enraged about. Maybe 4,000 U.S. soldiers, compared to 58,000 American casualties during the 15-year Vietnam debacle, is just not enough death to get our attention.
And what about the nearly 1.2 million--MILLION--Iraqi deaths since the U.S. invasion? What do they count for?
When the U.S. first invaded Iraq, I was convinced that it was a reasonable idea because I believed that the threat of weapons of mass destruction was real and that it would be a good idea to find them and remove them from within reach of Sadaam Hussein's trigger finger.
Now I feel, like many Americans, like I was, best case, misled, or worst case, lied to.
Meanwhile, the body bags keep piling up.
Do you know anyone who died in Iraq? Do you know a family who lost someone in Iraq? A friend of a friend, even?
This is why we can be so unexcited about this war, and why we can be ambivalent about whether we get our red, white and blue rear ends out of Iraq sooner rather than later. The war is distant, geographically and personally. We don't see battles and body bags on the nightly news; we aren't going to funerals for people we knew and loved.
Four thousand dead just isn't enough to get our attention.
But it should be.