These are the faces of freedom, democracy and a new era that all civilization in the world must emulate
Now... that was a myth! Why would the face of freedom be painted as hundred of people dying and suffering, as people dying by the day to suicide bombers. Ahhh... it was not their fault, it was the fault of extremist in Iraq. Why is the face of democracy painted with the figure of someone dictating what is good for them and why is the gun pointed at a sovereign nation? Now... that was democracy. Is this the new era of civilization where one country dominates the other? Where a country says what is right or wrong? I do not think so.
Different countries have different circumstances and before we go at things we should be analyzing them. Is the situation way back in Iraq, the same way as the regime in Burma? I think they are far different. The situation in Iraq is a country were different warlords and factions want to take hold of power thus it needs a leader who is strong and has the will to do it. Perhaps Saddam Hussein is not so democratic but had we seen that much violence during his time?
I do not condone what Saddam did and how he manage his country and I do not condone as well what Bush is doing with pursuing his so called "War on Terror". People die by the day and there seems to be no way of stopping this seamless insurgency and series of suicide bombings in Iraq. For as long as the United States and other countries is there and force their ideas on that country the attacks will never cease.
Sometimes, we need to let the people in a country do their will and act for what they want. They must shape their own country for it is their future. Democracy may be a good government because it nurtures freedom but let us face it, it is not the best government either nor it is applicable to all countries in the world.
As many as 1 of every 10 soldiers from the war on terror evacuated to the Army's biggest hospital in Europe was sent there for mental problems.
Between 8 and 10 percent of nearly 12,000 soldiers from the war on terror, mostly from Iraq, treated at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany had "psychiatric or behavioral health issues," according to the commander of the hospital, Col. Rhonda Cornum.
That means about 1,000 soldiers were evacuated for mental problems.
The hospital has treated 11,754 soldiers from the war on terror, with 9,651 from Iraq and the rest from Afghanistan, according to data released by the hospital.
Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll conducted August 12-19, 2007 estimated 1,220,580 violent deaths due to the Iraq War. A nationally representative sample of 1,499 Iraqi adults answered whether any members of their household (living under their roof) were killed due to the Iraq War. 22% of the respondents had lost one or more household members. ORB reported that "48% died from a gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of a car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of an accident and 6% from another blast/ordnance
The Lancet study's figure of 654,965 excess deaths through the end of June 2006 is based on household survey data. The estimate is for all excess violent and nonviolent deaths. That also includes those due to increased lawlessness, degraded infrastructure, poorer healthcare, etc.. 601,027 deaths (range of 426,369 to 793,663 using a 95% confidence interval) were estimated to be due to violence. 31% of those were attributed to the Coalition, 24% to others, 46% unknown. The causes of violent deaths were gunshot (56%), car bomb (13%), other explosion/ordnance (14%), air strike (13%), accident (2%), unknown (2%).
Among other death tolls in Iraq includes: (1) 7,479 total police and military killed through 26 September 2007; (2) 112 journalists, 40 media support workers, and 95 aid workers have been killed. Totals as listed at source pages on 25 September 2007; (3) At least 933 contractor or worker deaths from other countries between March 2003 and July 3, 2007.
Is this the cost of restoring democracy, freedom and a so called new era or is this a war to gain supremacy and the Middle East Oil cartel? Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) that Bush told were so dangerous? Have there been any one WMD found so far? Why are Iraqis threated like pigs in Abu Gharib?
It is all up to you, dear readers to figure it out if this war if worth it or not.