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Saturday, March 01, 2008


The cost of war

You'll hardly be surprised if I tell you I just watched a CNN news piece about a wheelchair shortage in Iraq. No doubt they could corner the world market and there would still be a shortage. There's a story online about a real hero, a man named Brad Blauser who has taken it upon himself to raise money and deliver wheelchairs to Iraqi kids, even if what he can do is merely a drop in the bucket.

But here's the statistic that was in the broadcast piece (not in the online story) that really took me aback: one in seven Iraqi children now has some kind of disability. That's just part of the price of "fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here" (as if). I wonder if anyone asked those Iraqi children, or their parents, if they were willing to pay that price so "we wouldn't have to fight them here" (again, as if)? Obviously you all know the answer.

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