Number Crunching: Past v. Present

Though I realize math cannot explain moral issues, the numbers do tell a story.  Here are the numbers of military deaths under the last few presidents (hat tip to RedState):

George W. Bush . . .  . . 5187  (2001-2004)
Bill  Clinton . . . . . . . . . 4302  (1993-1996)  
George H.W. Bush . . . . 6223  (1989-1992)
Ronald Reagan . . . . . .  9163  (1981-1984)

Notice the deaths under Clinton, when we were officially a nation at peace.  I'd say George W. has pretty good numbers, considering the fact that we been fighting 2 wars under him!

Also, here are a few sites where you can see how many people died in
America's wars over the years.  Our numbers for these past 2 wars are not shocking compared to other wars:

http://hnn.us/articles/1381.html

http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/cwc/other/stats/warcost.htm

http://www.brotherswar.com/Perspective-7.htm
Clearly, the wars fought under George W. Bush have not been the bloodiest of our history.

Another important thing to remember is that most of the deaths in Iraq are not from American hands, but from other Iraqis.  Looking back into Iraq's history reveals this inner turmoil is not new.  It may have been restrained under Saddam H ("You disagree with me, you lose your head!" is one way to controlling violence, or at least determine who will be committing the violence) but it was boiling and gurgling just under the surface — with plenty of eruptions to prove it. 

The only way for Iraq to move forward is for them to work this stuff out.  How?  I have no idea.  Honestly, how does one truly find peace without Jesus Christ?  Next to impossible?  Truly impossible? 

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4 thoughts on “Number Crunching: Past v. Present

  1. Eireann,

    I would point you back to Deb’s post “President Pro-Death” two posts down…

    “According to Iraq Body Count, since our invasion of Iraq between 34,000 and 38,000 civilians have died in Iraq. These are no small figures, to be certain. But do you know how many hundreds of thousands of deaths were caused under Saddam Hussein? Not to mention the children put into prisons, women put into rape factories, and those who suffered under other human rights abuse. “The Documental Centre for Human Rights in Iraq has compiled documentation on over 600,000 civilian executions in Iraq. Human Rights Watch reports that in one operation alone, the Anfal, Saddam killed 100,000 Kurdish Iraqis. Another 500,000 are estimated to have died in Saddam’s needless war with Iran. Coldly taken as a daily average for the 24 years of Saddam’s reign, these numbers give us a horrifying picture of between 70 and 125 civilian deaths per day for every one of Saddam’s 8,000-odd days in power.” (Read the whole article here.)”

    Ron speaking now… Talk about a true humanitarian effort!! I wonder why the ACLU isn’t praising Bush for putting an end to these “killing fields”?
    Food for thought…

  2. Wow! I am so proud of my daughter. I did not know or see this, but making plans already to share it. You are a special lady!
    Dad

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