Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Body Counts

When we lost our objective in the Viet Nam War, if we ever had one, we resorted to tabulating how many Viet Cong or North Vietnamese were killed daily. Sometimes that might win a war, but normally it does not have an effect.

In this current war, we are again reduced to counting bodies. This time we are counting our own fatalities. I think it is about 2500 over the three years we have been in Iraq or about 1000 a year in a very dangerous country in dangerous occupations. During this same period of time, in innocent occupations in the United States we have lost 60,000 people to murders and another 51,000 to drunk driving.

In addition to this, there have been over 30,000 suicides a year; that is 90,000 in three years.

According to the Center of Disease Control, the average abortions per year are over 850,000 a year; that is 2,550,000 deaths in three years.

Any single murder anywhere in the world should be prosecuted. However, if not, there will still be judgment at the great day.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:14-16

Violent deaths in this country outnumber all of the deaths, including civilians, on both sides in this war, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War.


Anonymous said...

Well, where do you plan to go when you leave U.S. that can offer you a better plan? Hopefully you will be able to find a place and reside there.

Mx5 said...

Anonymous, I think the point was that the media makes a huge deal out of the number of casualties in Iraq, all while those numbers, as regrettable as they are, are a tiny fraction of the number of people we lose here, domestically. The point being that the media makes the war sound like a joke, while the men and women in uniform, as well as those who were hired to rebuild Iraq, and the Iraqi police are doing a marvelous job keeping fatalities down in that very dangerous little country.