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Every Time A Child Is Murdered, A Terrorist Is Born

excerpts from a column by J.D. Englehardt. August 22, 2005

I know that many Americans are completely unaware of what damage our military is wreaking not only in Iraq, but also on our homeland security. An estimated 100,000+ of innocent Iraqi civilians have perished due to gross negligence at the hand of the US military.

Not a single day goes by without a non-combatant man, woman or child being slain due to stray bullets, wildly aimed mortar or rocket rounds, or the use of massively destructive air-deployed warheads in urban areas. And as this unjustified war continues to rage with no end in sight, the anti-American sentiment across the world continues to escalate enormously.

While in Iraq, I never once saw a terrorist with extreme inclinations for senseless bloodshed, but only angry farmers and shop keepers who for one reason or another wish to end our empirical domination over their homeland. What I saw was an honest insurrection fought by average citizens, a perfect guerrilla war run by no centralized leadership and with the potential to overcome any obstacle furnished by the conventional coalition forces.

By any sensible logic, fighting terrorism with war is only counter-productive and in the long run only adds fuel to the fire. With every insurgent we kill, five more stand in his place. One has to ask how this illegitimate attack on innocent citizens is keeping Americans both at home or abroad safe from the perils of a desperate terrorist attack.

One thing that I learned in this war was that the Iraqis are people like you or me. They want the very same things out of life as anyone else in the world. Like everyone, they wish only to raise their families and be merry with friends and enjoy life for all that it's worth in a peace and harmony that everyone deserves.

But the hardest aspect of this lesson rests in the knowledge that every time a child is murdered, a terrorist is born.

You have been reading excerpts from "Finding Closure" by J.D. Englehardt. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/8ox3n. Many thanks to J.D. Englehardt. Please visit his blog at ftssoldier.blogspot.com.

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