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  • What Is the Cost of War? And Is That Cost Really Too High?
    Copyright 2003-2005, Bill Platt

    Wisdom says that you do not discuss politics or religion in 
    public places. Wisdom says those conversations should only 
    take place behind closed doors. Why does wisdom speak this 
    Simple. Wisdom says these things because politics and religion 
    can be very divisive topics that people may feel very strongly 
    about. If someone feels strongly on a subject and you propose 
    to disagree with them, then you run the risk of alienating or 
    angering the people that you associate with in the public arena.
    With the United States on the verge of war with Iraq, the 69% 
    to 71% of Americans who support war in Iraq have tended to 
    follow wisdom's advice. On the other hand, the 29% to 31% who 
    oppose war have been very vociferous about their disagreement 
    with the Bush policies.
    Those who are in the minority are looking for any angle to 
    address the "potential" war with Iraq in a desperate attempt 
    to turn the tide of public opinion against the coming war.
    The latest argument from those opposed is the one argument that 
    has finally got me riled. 
    Those opposed to war are now arguing the question, "What is the 
    cost of war?"
    My immediate response is simple. "How much is too much money to 
    expend for the freedom and protection of Americans?"
    Did we argue the cost of the Revolutionary War before 
    undertaking that endeavor? 
    Did we shrink from the expense of World War II after the war 
    was brought to our shores?
    One of our congresswomen took the Treasury Secretary to task 
    on the issue on March 5th, 2003. She wanted to know what the 
    cost of war is. 
    Well, congresswoman let me see. A Google.com search for the 
    keywords "cost of Iraq war" turns up an interesting document 
    in the first spot:
    This is a summary of the cost of the upcoming war submitted to 
    the House of Representatives by the nonpartisan Congressional 
    Budget Office (CBO). This document was delivered to the 
    Committee on the Budget in the U.S. House of Representatives 
    in September of 2002.
    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has given 
    these estimates as to the cost of an Iraq war:
     Initial deployment of troops: $9 billion to $13 billion 
     Conducting the war: $6 billion to $9 billion per month 
     Returning forces to US: $5 billion to $7 billion 
     Temporary occupation of Iraq: $1 billion to $4 billion per 
    It is neat that these numbers are available for us to consume, 
    but the numbers do not justify the arguments of these opponents 
    to a possible war with Iraq.
    How much is too much money for the cause of freedom? How much 
    is too much to protect the American people from those who wish 
    to do us harm? How much is too much to protect the freedom of 
    Americans or gain freedom for those in Iraq who desire for 
    themselves the same freedoms we enjoy?
    How much is too much?
    Sean Penn argues that this war will cost hundreds of thousands 
    of lives. I guess one should expect an actor to live in a make 
    believe world.
    According to PBS' Frontline, the first Persian Gulf War killed 
    fewer than 25,000 on the Iraqi side. The Americans lost only 
    Far fewer died in the first Persian Gulf Conflict than died in 
    either the Korean War (1,333,060) or World War II (55,000,000). 
    Even the Iran-Iraq War killed more people than the Persian 
    Gulf War did. 850,000 military personnel lost their lives in 
    the Iran-Iraq War.
    Source for Death Toll Statistics:
    Another nearly 600,000 people died in the American Civil War: 
    Even if the Iraq War mimics the Persian Gulf War in its level 
    of casualties, is that price really too high to ensure the 
    freedom and safety of Americans and to gain freedom for the 
    Iraqi people who now live under the boot of Saddam Hussein?
    Sheryl Crow recently said, "I think war is based in greed and 
    there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think 
    war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way 
    to solve problems is to not have enemies."
    Perhaps she feels that we could simply ask Saddam to stop being 
    our enemy and all will be well. Perhaps Osama bin Laden only 
    wants to be our buddy and to be invited to our parties.
    To read other idiot remarks made by our Hollywood stars in 
    opposition to the coming war, visit: 
    The Hollywood brain-dead have stirred a grass-roots movement 
    among the American people. Following Martin Sheen's "Virtual 
    March of Washington", a "Virtual March on Hollywood" began 
    to gain some real momentum. Read about it here:
    As part of the "Virtual March on Hollywood", folks are 
    encouraged to visit the following URL to access the phone 
    and fax numbers of the Hollywood elite as well as their 
    email addresses:
    According to the "John and Ken Show", "Lori Bardsley, a 
    stay-at-home mother of three, accuses Hollywood celebrity 
    pundits of using their celebrity to interfere with the 
    defense of the country. She feels the celebrities don't 
    speak for most Americans." 
    Lori Bardsley feels that entertainers are being dishonest 
    with the public. So, she has set up Citizens Against Celebrity 
    Pundits, a group designed to keep discussion of an Iraq war in 
    perspective. As one of her first steps, she has created an 
    online petition to deliver to the Hollywood nitwits to appraise 
    them of how average Americans feel about their anti-war stance. 
    As of this writing on March 6th, 2003, there were 72,493 names 
    on the up Citizens Against Celebrity Pundits petition. (My name 
    is also on the petition in case you were still unsure.)
    Lori hopes that when the petition is ended, that she will 
    have additionally raised enough money to buy a national ad to 
    contrast Sean Penn's full page in The Washington Post. You may 
    read Sean Penn's blathering at:
    When all is said and done, if you want to throw your name onto 
    the Citizens Against Celebrity Pundits petition, you may do so 
    by visiting:
    Teachers in Maine who attack children whose parents are serving 
    in the military should be summarily fired.
    Hollywood hotshots and human shields that go to Iraq to give 
    aid and comfort to our enemy should be prosecuted for treason. 
    In times of war, our troops should be given our full 100% 
    support. Let us not repeat the embarrassments of how our 
    returning soldiers were treated after having served our 
    country in Vietnam! 
    And finally, may God bless America!

    Bill Platt owns http://thePhantomWriters.com .

    This article was originally written: March, 2003

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