How Many Iraqi Civilians Have We Killed Thus Far?
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President Bush has said “every life matters,” so much so that he interrupted his vacation solely for the symbolic purpose of signing a bill to overturn a court finding that a woman unconscious for fifteen years preferred to die with dignity (Terri Schiavo).
But “every life”, according to our President, does not include Iraqi civilians we must justifiably kill in order to force the country to accept 14 American bases and to sell us oil.
Even one thousand Iraqi lives — people with perfectly functioning brains and entire lives ahead of them — are not worth one Terri Schiavo. Bush doesn’t care whether we kill 1000, 10,000, 100,000, or a million. Iraqi lives are so worthless. They’re not even worth counting.
My first guest, Father Simon Harak argues that “love your enemies” is an absolute, not relative, Christian injunction and the lives killed as the result of the invasion in Iraq should not be ignored by American Catholics.
My second guest, Dr. Scott D. Lipscomb, a Northwestern University Professor, is keeping a body count. He is the Assistant Researcher & US Spokesperson for Iraq Body Count.
Father Harak and Dr. Lipscomb thinks Iraqi civillian lives killed by Americans do have value. Do you agree? Why doesn’t the Pentagon?