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Author: Bob Webster
Date:  September 6, 2006

Topic category:  Other/General

The Myth of the Deadly War on Terror - Time for A Reality Check

Is current public opinion strongly against the war against extremist Muslim terrorists, as "polls" proclaim? If it really is, then its time this nation took a reality check.

Is current public opinion strongly against the war against extremist Muslim terrorists, as "polls" proclaim?

What could motivate a nation viciously attacked by Muslim terrorists to turn against a war designed to destroy every refuge for such terrorists?

What would make a nation collectively shrug its shoulders when a major newspaper (The New York Times) commits high treason by aiding and abetting the flow of money to Muslim terrorists?

Why would a nation grow weary of fighting those who would kill every American citizen if given the means and the opportunity?

Why would so many people believe the U.S. has sustained so many casualties in the Iraqi War that they make comparisons to the Vietnam War?

The answer to these questions is rooted in the combined efforts of several factions:

  1. Democrat politicians who hope to lie their way to power again.
  2. Dishonest journalists who crave domestic conflict and overwhelmingly support whatever Democrats do.
  3. High school and university faculty who are overwhelmingly Leftist in politics and strongly support Democrats.
  4. Entertainers and television/movie creators who inject biased politics, regardless of accuracy, in to their productions to favor Leftist Democrat politics.
  5. The perennial anti-war Leftist loonies who will support any anti-American military venture and oppose the use of U.S. forces for any military purpose.

While these groups all taken together represent just the far Left fringe of what most decent Americans believe, their daily propagandizing (some blatant, some subtle) eventually creates a large enough impact on public opinion that polls no longer reflect reality. This is their scheme and it appears to be working. Dishonesty is their only course because these groups always lose whenever people take a reality check.

Time for a reality check, folks.

Let's review a little history and reflect why the U.S. should be at war with Muslim terrorists who've repeatedly attacked civilized nations since 1968. Consider the bloody results of those attacks for a clear answer (death totals in parentheses, figures exclude terrorist deaths):

1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed (1)[note below]
1972, Munich Olympics Israeli athletes and a German police officer were killed (12)
1979, US embassy in Iran overrun, US servicemen killed in failed rescue attempt (8)
1983, US Embassy in Beirut bombed (63)
1983, US Marine barracks in Beirut bombed (241)
1983, US Embassy in Kuwait bombed (5)
1982-1992, 30 Westerners kidnapped during 10-year-long Lebanese hostage-taking spree, many were killed or died in captivity.
1984, US Embassy annex northeast of Beirut bombed (24)
1984, Kuwait Airways Flight 221 hijacked (2)
1985, TWA Flight 847 hijacked (1)
1985, Cruise ship Achille Lauro hijacked (1)
1985, Airports in Rome and Vienna bombed (20)
1986, La Belle Discotheque bombed in Berlin (2)
1988, Pan Am Flight 103 bombed (259)
1993, World Trade Center bombed (6)
1996, Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia bombed (19)
1998, US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania bombed (257)
2000, USS Cole attacked (17)
2001, WTC, Pentagon, Flight 93 terrorist attacks: (2997)
2002, Reporter Daniel Pearl kidnapped and murdered (1)
2004, Madrid, Spain railway bombings (190)
2005, London, England railway and bus bombings (52)
2006, Muslim terrorist plot to blowup airliners leaving London for US destinations thwarted.
[Note: While Bobby Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian by birth, was raised a Maronite Christian, in his adult years he is known to have modified his religious views including a period where he studied Islam. His rambling writings indicate he assassinated Bobby Kennedy over Kennedy's support for Israel in the Six-Days War of 1967. This pattern of behavior is consistent with Muslim terrorists.]

The total deaths attributed to these Muslim terrorist acts of war since 1968: more than 4178.

The worst single terrorist event produced nearly 3000 casualties as reflected in the total killed or missing (excluding Muslim terrorists) from the attacks on 9/11/01: 2997 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11,_2001_attacks#Fatalities).

Now, consider the magnitude of U.S. casualties in the war on terror. U.S. casualties in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan through 9/5/06 come to:

  1. Iraq: 2657 (http://icasualties.org/oif/)
  2. Afghanistan: 333 (http://www.icasualties.org/oef/)

The combined U.S. casualties in its war against Muslim terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002 is a paltry 2990. That's less than 3000, folks. Over four years.

Do you know how many casualties on U.S. highways the National Safety Council estimates for the recent 3-day Labor Day weekend? 533. About one-sixth the casualties in the War on Terror over the past four years! Are you growing weary of driving? Will the nation pull off the highway system? Or will we continue to take the bloody carnage on our highways in stride while we focus on ending the safest and perhaps most important war this nation has ever fought?

One notable statistic from the War on Terror: Total number of Muslim terrorist attacks in the U.S. since 9/11/01 is exactly zero. Thanks to George W. Bush and his determination to continue the struggle against Muslim terrorists until every last one of them is wiped off the face of this planet.

As part of our reality check, let's compare casualties in historic involvement of the United States in wars. Below are listed seven major wars from the Revolutionary War to the Afghan/Iraqi War on Terrorism. The years spanned by each war are shown along with the estimated U.S. population. Casualties for the war are listed together with casualties as a percent of the estimated population at the beginning of the war. Average casualties per year are also shown for comparison:

War on Terror Least Deadly War
Wars (> 1 year)War YearsEstimated
U.S. Population
CasualtiesCasualties as
% of Population
Civil War1861-186532,000,000558,0521.74%139,513
Vietnam 1965-1973201,000,00058,1680.03%7,271
War on Terror2002-present288,000,0002,9900.001%748
Casualty data courtesy: http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/other/stats/warcost.htm

In the U.S. Civil War alone, of 29 battles and campaigns, only two had casualties fail to exceed the 4-year total of U.S. casualties in the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those battles/campaigns that have exceeded the 4-year total of U.S. casualties in the War on Terror include:

Civil War Battles with Casualties Exceeding Four-Year War on Terror Casualties
(Union & Confederate)
1862Fort Donelson17,899
1862Fair Oaks/Seven Pines11,165
1862Seven Days' Battle36,463
1862Second Manassas25,251
1862South Mountain4,498
1862Perryville 7,607
1863Champions Hill6,292
1863Vicksburg Campaign35,825
1864Cold Harbor14,500
1864Peach Tree Creek4,100
1864Atlanta (Hoods Attack)11,722
1864Deep Bottom4,601
1864Cedar Creek8,575
1864Franklin 8,578

Civil War battle data courtesy of http://americancivilwar.com/cwstats.html.

So, far from being a particularly deadly war that might justify the populace growing weary of it, the War on Terror has been by far the safest, least deadly war in the history of U.S. involvement in significant military actions. In fact, the next least deadly war was twenty times more deadly to U.S. forces than has been the War in Terror fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The next time you read, hear, or see someone attempt to smear President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld with their anti-war rhetoric, you'll know they are either grossly misinformed, an agent of Muslim terrorists, or they're trying to fool you into believing the War on Terror isn't justified or in the best interests of the U.S. It's best to limit your exposure to such people.

Finally, what is the solution of those who continue to belittle the Bush Administration's prosecution of the War on Terror? What would they do to lower the incidence of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11/01 below zero? The Bush approach to preventing acts of domestic terrorism is outstanding and simply cannot be improved upon. How do those who carp about Bush's war intend to wage a less deadly war? Given the War on Terror has been the least deadly war in U.S. history - by far - what could possibly justify attempts to prematurely pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan when we are being so successful with the current approach?

What solutions do Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of the merry gang of liars have to wage the War on Terrorism any more effectively than has President Bush?

Don't hold your breath waiting for any intelligent answers from the anti-war crowd!

Bob Webster
WEBCommentary (Editor, Publisher)

Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.

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