Do you remember the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001?
Events were canceled out of respect for the dead. People cried in public. The newspapers ran entire sections on the attacks for months. Nations around the world played the Star Spangled Banner and raised the American flag at official ceremonies in respect for the loss of life. More than one public figure called for the use of nuclear weapons to wipe out the entire city of Mecca in revenge. 2,977 innocent people were killed in the attacks of that day.
Yesterday, it was announced that the U.S. Government has kept a secret tally of innocent Iraqis killed in the war it started on the basis of a lie about fictitious “weapons of mass destruction.” According to our own government, 66,081 innocent people have been killed in the war in Iraq.
Will events here be canceled out of respect for the dead? Will we cry in public? Will our newspapers print entire sections on these civilian deaths for months on end? Will we play the Iraqi nation anthem and raise that nation’s flag in a ceremony at the White House? Will public figures here endorse the nuking of Los Angeles or Chicago in retaliation?
You know the answer. The answer is no. The answer is no because 22 dead Iraqis aren’t worth 1 dead American.