“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
– President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953
The cost of war shows the cost of the second Iraq war in numbers, estimated from Congressional appropriations. Seeing the counter tick away tax payers money, makes me wonder whether the war was really necessary. Well, not really no – I decided on that a while ago.
I vividly remember the day Iraq was invaded, I wrote this in my journal:
[...] The result, will be a new age of terror in the western world—a macro scale guerilla war against an enemy that believes in “preventive wars”. – Journal Entry, March 18th 2003 – “So it has come to this…”
I truly, honestly hoped I would be proven wrong.
Just recently, a sad record was set in Iraq; more than 1000 coalition military casualties. Estimates at Iraqi casualties tenfold this number.
Casualties, precision strikes gone awry, post-war security miscalculations, kidnappings. When seeing the news, I think to myself—what is wrong with this world? How could someone like Bush be elected? Oh wait, he wasn’t.
Now the latest US election polls show a dead race between Bush and The Other Guy. Am I missing something here? Isn’t this the man who just ordered thousands of young men and women to their deaths, not to mention tens of thousands of Iraqis?
What will happen if he gets a second term, and how would you be explain this to your children?