9/11: A day of Remembrance and Perspective
On the eve of what will be a carefully orchestrated corporate media propaganda event. It is important to keep things in perspective. Yes, 9/11 was a horrible event. The killing of over 3000 innocent people, many of them Americans, is worth a day of remembrance.
As we begin this day of remembrance and mourn our fallen countryman, let us also mourn for the people of another country. Let us mourn for all those who have died in Iraq. The civilian death toll in Iraq now equals each month, the death toll from the 9/11 attacks.
We all know how losing 3000 of our countryman made us feel. We all know how it affected us, how it touched us. Imagine if we lost 3000 of our people each month. How would we feel?
Compared to the United States, Iraq is a small country. Iraq’s current population is estimated at 26,783,383. A civilian death rate of 3000 a month, translates to nearly 36,000 fatalities a year. The United States has a population that is estimated at 298,444,215. If in the United States, we had the same percentage of monthly deaths, relative to our population, 33,428 Americans would lose their lives every month.
So has we remember the victims of 9/11 and how that tragedy changed our lives, imagine how it would feel to be an Iraqi. Imagine how it would feel to lose 33,428 of your countryman every month.
As we enter the 5th Anniversary, of the spilling of American blood on American soil, let us not forget the river of blood, which still flows in Iraq. Let us not forget the ocean of tears that fall each day in Iraq. And finally, let us never forget who is responsible for this nightmare in Iraq.