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Collateral Damage

When America ends a war the president talks about patriotism, how committed the troops were to their mission and how some even gave their lives for the mission. However, I have never heard or read that a president talked about the innocent civilian life lost during that mission. We simply refer to the lost as “Collateral Damage”. The absence of recognizing the civilian life lost during America’s wars seem to suggest America gives little thought to the people whose lives were lost during the course of those wars. So let’s take a look.

Despite the fact that America’s military weapons are more accurate than they once were, the civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are unbelievable, yet better than they once were. According to a report by “costofwar.org” 15,500 to 17,000 civilians have been killed as a result of America’s invasion of Iraq and still counting in Afghanistan. In an IraqbodyCount.org report the documented civilian deaths is between 111,387 and 121,732.

In 1981 the Reagan Administration trained and funded the Contras in a war that took the lives of 30,000 Nicaraguans.

The war in Vietnam was more deadly than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. A Washington Post article estimates the military and civilian deaths in Vietnam range from 1.5 million to 3.8 million, with 50,000 to 65,000 civilian deaths a direct result of the bombing of North Vietnam. The Vietnamese government claims 40,000 people were killed or maimed as a direct result of America’s use of “Agent Orange” and 500,000 children were born with birth defects.

According to the Washington Post, America’s war in Viet Nam spilled over into Laos and Cambodia killing 600,000 to 800,000 Cambodians and estimated 1 million Laotians. What’s hard to understand about these civilian deaths is that America was never at war with Cambodia or Laos.

During March through May of 1945 the American bombing campaign on Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo and the surrounding areas killed 2 million civilians. Holocaust history.org states that this was an official minimum. Yet, the Japanese authorities confirmed the total which was much higher.

According to “wiki.answers.com” the trans-Atlantic slave trade resulted in approximately 1.2 to 2.4 million African deaths during transport and more deaths upon the arrival in the USA.

Although disease was the leading cause of the population decline of the Native Americans other factors contributed and all those factors were related to their contact with the Europeans and their colonization of the new land. Native Americans went to war with each other; however, with the expanding European population and their firearms, war became more deadly and lasted much longer. Native tribes had stored resources to conduct a war, but those resources could only last a few months. The Europeans had a network that allowed them to store resources for war for years.
As Americans we have not acknowledged the horrors of war and it seems we never will. We consider ourselves a generous and compassionate nation and in some cases we are, however, those cases are usually the result of some weather-related disaster like a tsunami, hurricane or earthquake.

When it comes to war our compassion seems to be limited to our troops and does not include or extend to the innocent loss of life.

About kennethbrown

Kenneth Brown is the father of three grown daughters. Born and raised in New York City; Kenneth now lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. When he was a Christian, he became aware of and interested in where my “institutional” faith had gone awry. This awareness and interest lead him to the conclusion that Christianity had been hijacked and in his search for a spiritual connection, he became a student of Yoga.

2 comments

  1. How could any sensable man or woman seriously consider joining the United States Military when the Pentagon and Govt. agencys responsible for the return of anywhere between 600 and 1,250+ Vietnam POW/MIA American soldiers became A massive cover-up betrayal involveing high dollar war reparations, career destruction, National embarrassment and fraudulent destruction of “classified”documents from the highest places in Government-
    How could two Senators, both Vietnam veterens, one A 2008 Presidential candidate and the other A former 2004 Presidential Candidate and present Secretary of State be at the very heart of this conspiracy coverup over the last 40 years?
    This is one well documented study by highly honored Pulitzer prize winning Investigative Journalist of unquestionable veacity for over 50+ years, Sydney Schanberg-
    A well researched, convincing and thought provoking read!

    McCain and the POW Cover-Up
    The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
    By Sydney Schanberg • July 1, 2010
    ⦁ Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher ⦁ Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/

    *Kenneth-
    This is the first time I have read Mr. Schanberg’s incredible piece of Investigative Journalism-If you were to go to Disenfranchised and fired FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmond’s “Boiling frogs” {http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/} you will find more related articles-I think the original piece published by Penthouse magazine would be A good read for your site here-Especially since your site is directly related to soldiers-

  2. “AMERICA SHE GOES NOT ABROAD SEARCHING FOR MONSTERS TO DESTROY” “IF TYRANNY & OPPRESSION EVER COMES TO THIS LAND IT WILL BE IN THE GUISE OF FIGHTING A FOREIGN ENEMY” I SALUTE ANY SOLDERS WHO HAVE FOHGHF FOR AMERICA AND FREEDOMS BUT THAT ISN’T WHAT THEY WANT YOU MILITARY IMPERIALISM FOR A NWO DEPOULATION IS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY TOWARDS A THIRD WORLD NATION

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