Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Freedom Is "God Given Right" Costing U.S. $3 Trillion


President Bush spoke to Christian radio broadcasters about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In defending those conflicts, Bush mixed faith and foreign policy while failing to mention the price tag. The basis for invading of those two countries are the beliefs that freedom is a God-given right and “every human being bears the image of our maker.”

What Bush didn't mention in his Opryland talk was the cost of war and how it distorts the people currently bearing that God-like image. A Nobel Prize economist predicts the wars will cost Americans $3 trillion before its all said and done. Estimates of Iraqi lives lost due to the direct effects and conditions of war range from 450,000 to 600,000. The estimated number of wounded is 15 times those killed. With the U.S. military dead now approaching 4,000, that means up to 60,000 have been wounded. An estimated 52,000 have post traumatic stress disorder. Approximately 40% of 1.65 million troops will need disability compensation.

George W. failed to mention the toll war takes on those bearing the image of our maker, much less the toll on our country's finances. At least some one's benefiting from all this God inspired violence. Oil and defense companies are making out like bandits in the current economy. Yes Mr. Bush, "no one deserves to be a master and no one a slave." So why are you a slave to war? And why do you serve the master of American corporatism?