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Every time a person is killed, there is a family left shocked, heartbroken and wondering why. We have a devil figure in our consciousness: some man, far away, sitting comfortably and giving orders. Planes fly, people die. The image of the attack on our homes, economic and military centers are burned into our thoughts.    

Nearly 3,000 unsuspecting victims lost their lives on 9/11. Their families are left hurt, enraged and wondering why.

The Bush administration promptly responded. In Afghanistan, over 1,000 U.S. troops have lost their lives; in Iraq, nearly 5,000. Their families are still left hurt, angry and heartbroken.    

And how does the outside world see our retaliations? A man, sitting comfortably, far away, gives an order: Planes fly, people die. Carpet bombs and highly trained troops were dropped directly into their homes, economic and military centers.

The lives lost in our attacks are almost 7,000 in Afghanistan. There have been over 100,000 people killed in Iraq, according to some estimates.    

These are human lives, here and there. There are unsuspecting victims on both sides, people simply trying to live.

Regardless of proposed moral legitimacy, as all aggressors feel they have, or patriotic fervor, I am just suggesting to look to the actual impact of things — the lives of people.

Do these wars show the people of these countries to be so different from us? What were we thinking?

Zach Parton, Normal

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