"Collateral Damage"

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  1. George Costanza
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    Consider this . . .

    In WW I, civilian deaths accounted for 10% of the total casualties.

    In WW II, civilian deaths accounted for 50% of the total casualties.

    In the Vietnam War, civilian deaths accounted for 70% of the total casualties.

    In the Iraq War, civilian deaths accounted for 90% of the total casualties.

    Source: The Link Channel documentary, "The War You Don't See."

    People who see war as necessary are quick to shrug off civilian casualties during war as "collateral damage," pointing out that "collateral damage" is, of course, regrettable, but necessary; hardly a reason to not engage in war.

    Regardless of how you feel about "collateral damage," the statistics presented by this documentary are sobering to say the least, and raise the obvious question - why?
     
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    How many civilians were slaughtered in the "civil" war?

    C'mon....You can tell us.....
     
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    are you saying the Us involvement in ww1 and ww2 was not necessary ?? and I do not believe 90 % of the casualties the Us has inflicted on our enemies in the Middle East were civilians !!:doubt:
     
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    What do you think Georgie? Collateral damage seemed to be a reasonable concept during WW2. Why should we change our opinion today?
     
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    I kept hearing the "Nuke me all and let god sort em out" during the early years of the Iraq war.
     
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    Looks to me like alot less soldiers are dying with each 'next' war.

    This must be a bad thing.
     
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    When you're fighting an enemy that doesn't have a uniformed military and their fighters ARE the civilian population it's bound to happen.,,,,,,,


    THAT"S "why"
     
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    Quit the krap kitty with groucho glasses. It's becoming redundant, vacant and stupid. Regardless of what you think you "heard" during the early days of the Iraq war we killed a substantial number of innocent people in Europe and Japan before we were able to claim VE and VJ day. Was it worth it? Damn right it was.
     
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    That credo was in play looooooong before the '80s, pal.
     
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    More then ALL of the US wars.... combined.
     
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