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[COMMENT:  This looks good, but I am not a military expert.  The comparisons with deaths here in America may be trivial, but the comparisons with other military campaigns seems impressive, indeed. 

The death rate, of course, is not the whole story.  There are motives and other potential strategies to consider.  But as a military success or failure, his points below seem very telling.

His comments at the end on the stakes in involved for Islam are also telling.  In the end, for them it is democracy in some reasonable form, i.e., an openness to genuine communication with other nations and other religions, or remain the enemy of civilization.  There is no way Islam can win the Jihad because time is always against tyranny -- because God keeps sending His Holy Spirit in ways that the world cannot frustrate, setting people free to stand.   E. Fox]


Monday, April 24, 2006

Seth MacFarlane, creator of the the Fox animated series Family Guy, recently appeared before a crowd at California's Stanford University. The following is an excerpt from the Stanford Daily:

Facing questions from attendees asking him to reenact voices of popular characters, look at their prospective scripts or hire them as summer interns, [Seth] MacFarlane displayed his comedic wit when asked by a fan simply to insult him.

"You want me to insult you?" MacFarlane quipped. "OK, you supported the war in Iraq," he said to raucous applause.

Hmmmm....does Mr. MacFarlane have manatees writing his insults as well? His lame attempt to appease a hard left audience aside, we here at TDL nonetheless feel the need to rebut Mr. MacFarlane's ignorant defeatism with cold hard fact.

Is one who supported the Iraq War misguided to the point of being funny?

The Iraq War is not only not a disaster, but is in fact one of the least dangerous and most effective major military operation in human history.

As of today, the USA has lost 2,389 Killed in Action since the start of the Iraq War in 2003. That is an average of 800 soldiers per year.

43,200 Americans were killed in Auto Accidents in 2005. 42,636 Americans were killed in Auto Crashes in 2004. Roughly 129,000 Americans have been killed in Auto Accidents since the start of the Iraq War. There are 120,000 American troops stationed in Iraq today.

Every year, around 1,600 Americans die from falling down stairs or steps. Since the start of the war in Iraq, roughly 4,800 Americans have been killed by staircases.

Every year, around 3,500 Americans drown. Roughly 1,000 of these deaths occur in swimming pools and bath tubs. 3,000 Americans have died as a result of drowning in a pool, jacuzzi, or bathtub since Iraq was invaded in 2003.

Around 1,200 Americans die of exposure to excessive heat or cold each year.

Roughly 17,500 Americans die of accidental poisoning each year. 52,500 Americans have accidentally been poisoned to death since April, 2003.

Now then, let's look at some of history's greatest generals and military operations:

In perhaps his most complete victory of the U.S. Civil War, General Robert E. Lee lost 1,260 men killed or missing over a 4 day period at the battle of Fredericksburg.

Napoleon lost 1,288 men killed in action during one day at Austerlitz. Austerlitz is widely regarded by military historians as Napoleon's most brilliant victory.

 In perhaps the greatest military victory of all time, Alexander the Great lost 800 men in one day at the Battle of Issus in 333 B.C.

In what might also be considered the most brilliant victory of all time, Hannibal lost 16,700 men killed in action in a single afternoon at Cannae in 216 BC.

At the battle of Pharsalus on August 9, 49 B.C., Julius Caesar defeated Pompey to become master of the known world. He lost around 1,200 men killed in action.

In 1940, the Nazis swept through France and conquered the entire nation in little more than a month. The Germans lost 27,000 men killed in action and another 18,000 missing.

In 1945, the Russians subdued Berlin to defeat Nazi Germany. In less than one month, Russia suffered 81,000 men killed in action.

The notion that the war in Iraq is a military disaster is utterly laughable. It is unsupported in any sort of objective reality, and anyone who holds such an opinion betrays an ignorance that can only have been fueled by media sensationalism.

The facts are quite clear: roughly 53 times the amount of people killed in Iraq per year are killed by auto crashes. Twice the amount of people are killed falling down stairs. More people drown in their bathtubs than we lose in Iraq per year!

Furthermore, I have named 7 of the greatest military operations in world history and each has had a much higher death rate than that of the Iraq war. The one with the least amount of deaths- Alexander the Great's history altering victory over the Persians at Issus - featured the same amount of Macedonians killed in one afternoon than Americans are killed in Iraq in an entire year (and in all likelihood, the Macedonians lost many more than 800 men that day although the historical record is hazy).

Clearly the war in Iraq is a marvel of modern American technology, military prowess, and medical know how. We have subdued and held a hostile muslim nation of 22 million for 3 years on the other side of the world with a force 183 times smaller (all while maintaining a large military presence in South Korea, Europe, and in North America). Saddam required an army of 1 million to hold Iraq. Iran suffered nearly 1 million casualties trying to defeat Iraq.

So this question begs to be asked: Why are we so down about the Iraq war? It would be hard to imagine it going any better. Iraq is Islam's last hope. If Iraq cannot handle democracy, we will know for certain that Muslims are incapable of democracy and our stance must change from one of assistance to one of confrontation. The future of a billion people is riding on Iraq and our media has misled the public into believing one of world history's greatest military operations is a failure and a disaster.

America desperately needs perspective.     END

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