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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Iraqi Crisis

Two years and 8 months has passed since America decided to invade Iraq and there’s still no solution to problem created by Bush’s decision.

With the last kill October ranked 4th in the most deadly month to American troops in Iraq reaching 100 soldiers dead this month. Since the war started 2.801 US troops have died and among this ones 18% aged between 18 and 20 years old (if you increase the period to 22 years old then the percentage increases to 43%). But war has a different king of “causalities”. Approximately 10 to 15 % of US troops returning home suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and about the same percentage suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Depression and those returning go home to face a more during “war”, normal life, as you can read in this Washington Post article.

But not only are US troops suffering from this war, this war is even more dramatic to civilians. In October 2004 Lancet Journal issue a study were they estimated that 100.000 civilians were killed since the invasion and now estimates that can exceed the 600.000 civilians causalities.

With this I am not saying that we were better off with Saddam’s regime, it was a blood driven dictatorship (for example the Kurdish genocide), far from any value that I defend. But I think ,next time, before an American president (this case Bush) decides to commit a country in a personnel war he must think of the consequences of his decision. After all while people are dying in Iraq he is drinking his whiskey in the comfort of the White House.

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