Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Non-cycling related post

Warning: if you only want to read about cycling STOP NOW.

I generally don't write about politics on this blog, but I read a story today in the RedEye about how soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are having a difficult time entering their old lives and it is weighing heavily on my mind. Given the large numbers of people who have served, we may be looking at severe issues taxing an already underfunded and understaffed VA program. Upon returning home, they all stated that they had changed while the rest of the world back home had remained much the same. Many then face loss of their jobs, spouses, inability to get treatment etc.

Some numbers to ponder:

As of April 2007 there were 146,000 troops in Iraq.
As of June 25, 2007, 3,563 US soldiers have died and 25,830 have been wounded
Between 60,000 and 75,000 Iraqis have been killed.

Those numbers are staggering.

I don't really care if you are for, against or apathetic about the war, but I would hope that we would all consider the current and potential consequences of what is going on.

Source for casualties:
http://icasualties.org/oif/default.aspx and http://www.iraqbodycount.org/

1 comment:

Matt said...

Everybody needs information in their lives to form rational opinions that matter.

If we choose to live in cocoons and then over react to information that we don't like then and only then does it become political.

Therefore, subscribing to a particualr political philosophy in it's entirety only creates biases and fliters through which we view information.

Thanks for the information and opportunity to learn.