Carol Platt Liebau: A Spurious Comparison

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Spurious Comparison

It's hard to believe that any media organ would run a story of such startling moral obtuseness:

In a span of a few hours, 2,973 people were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a span of 45 months, the number of American troops killed in Iraq exceeded that grim toll as the war continues.

The milestone in Iraq came on Christmas, nearly four years after the war began . . .

Get it? In other words, now -- shock! -- more people have been killed in Iraq than on 9/11, and that means that the war is now worse than the attack that precipitated it.

Give me a break. At some point, in WWII, more people were killed in combat than were killed at Pearl Harbor. That didn't delegitimize the war. And are we supposed to be overcome with the "strange irony" of the "Christmas connection"?

If anything, it's worth noting that it took almost four years for as many soldiers to be killed in combat as the number of innocent civilians killed in a brief few minutes one sunny September morning. Lest we forget, preventing another such morning, where thousands of innocent American lives are lost on American soil in a blink of an eye is the reason the soldiers are doing what they're doing.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

"startling moral obtuseness" in the MSM. I am shocked! But who is surprised?

5:20 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

They love it when the death toll goes up. The bigger it gets, the more heinous the war, and let's not report anything that doesn't compound the idea. That damn Bush!

11:44 PM  

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