Monday, December 20, 2004

1310 American Deaths in Iraq

4 Comments:

Blogger Jackie said...

Hey Matt,

I got your link from Jennifer (all things Jen)...
Law School's a lot of work, isn't it?? My husband, Matt (www.collateralestoppel.blogspot.com), is in law school here in Chicago, making me a law school widow....and last year I was the "Bride of 1L."
(Scream in the background).
I think you have a really nice blog with some great writing.
Jackie

4:38 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Thanks Jackie,

It's good to hear from you. Come back from time to time!

Matt

5:01 PM  
Blogger MMark said...

Just blog browsing. I'm not sure what your point, other to just post what's already well known. Was this a anti-war or pro-war stance, or just a practice session in html?

5:43 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Well. I wish it was so easy to say that I am "pro" or "anti" war. In an abstract sense, I would prefer that we had not invaded Iraq. Now that we are there, though, I feel like we need to do everything in our power to give the Iraqi people some kind of civilized life. Our responsibility there is bone-deep, and I am concerned that domestic politics are going to lead to a suboptimal outcome in that part of the world, which is something we should all fear.

That said, I post the figures because I think it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that people are being killed daily there. I am not comfortable with the idea of getting comfortable with people killing and dying half a world away.

As I told another blog-browser earlier, I would gladly post a running casualty figure for Iraqis too, but I haven't been able to find a reliable counter. I don't feel that any particular subset of lives is more precious than any other subset, but the MSM disagree with me on that point.

5:54 PM  

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