A Meaningless Milestone
The media feel obliged to let us know that the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are now equal
to the number of people killed on 9-11.An Associated Press count of the U.S. death toll in Iraq rose to 2,696. Combined with 278 U.S. deaths in and around Afghanistan, the 9/11 toll was reached, then topped, the same day. The Pentagon reported Friday the latest death from Iraq, an as-yet unidentified soldier killed a day earlier after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bombing in eastern Baghdad.
Not for the first time, war that was started to answer death has resulted in at least as much death for the country that was first attacked, quite apart from the higher numbers of enemy and civilians killed, too.
When did the death toll in World War II equal the number killed in Pearl Harbor?