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Acceptable: Civilian Casualities in the War on Terror?

September 11, 2008

What makes terrorism so pernicious is that it is focused on civilian targets with the intent of killing innocents. But I have an honest question that we should ask: is it any less evil to the innocent victims if the target is military with the intent of killing military enemies with the idea that there are “acceptable casualties”?

Consider the two recent examples:

The conservative magazine The Economist even reports that, as a result of low troop levels in Afghanistan, the U.S. has relied on missile attacks which have increased civilians deaths. In fact, the U.S. military acknowledges these deaths tripled between 2006 and 2007. Yet, again, Bush’s misleading us to war in Iraq extends its civilian death count.

To these victims and their families, do our intentions matter as much as the actions and results? How can the U.S. lead and win a war on terrorism if our leaders accept that killing civilians, including children, is an unavoidable result?

Is it not terror to live in fear of an incoming missile that you cannot protect you and your family against?

Don’t we come across as hypocrites and only encourage terrorism against ourselves?

Or is it only unacceptable when it’s our civilians, our children?

I don’t believe that the U.S. is evil. But I do think our current leaders are giving others reasons to think so.

If you agree that this is unacceptable, then, at the very least, write your senator and representative to say that you disapprove of these acts.