Letters to the Editor

A limit on deaths

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Baghdad's al-Mustansiriya University estimate that 655,000 more Iraqis died of various causes since the U.S. invasion in March 2003 than would have died in a comparable period were there not a war. Add to that the 3,260 U.S. troops that have died, along with the 24,314 that have been wounded.

If we were told back in 2003 that the "liberation" of Iraq would result in the death of more than 3,260 U.S. troops, more than 24,314 wounded American solders and the death of more than 655,000 Iraqis, would we have agreed to war? Apparently that's not enough for Bush. The "surge" will continue until we create a "stable Iraq."

Congress is mandating that we limit the "surge" to so many more months. Maybe we should limit the surge to so many more deaths?

The only thing we can be sure of "Beyond the Surge" is more death.

Philip Traynor