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Thursday, January 27, 2005

The Price of Freedom


Yesterday, I heard a U.S. General, on the radio, say that while it is not the policy of the U.S. military to count the number of civilian deaths that result from U.S. military operations, it is U.S. military policy to count the number of civilian deaths that result from insurgent operations. That is a paraphrase, and I have been unable to locate anything confirming this, but you get the idea. I'd be willing to wager they collect those numbers for one overriding reason - to justify their budget.

No sense in telling Congress how many innocent people were made victim of our tax dollars and the weapons they fund. But hell, Congress sure should know exactly what kind of evil enemy we are up against, you know, so they can increase the relevant budgets accordingly.

All is fair in love and war, as they say. But what happens when one has a "love of war?" Increased budgets and jingoistic fervor, that's what. And Americans are right smack in the middle of this torrid love affair - between freedom and those who would work freedom's magic across the globe, aka Condi and company. Or, if you prefer, Bush Inc.

Make no mistake, it is a love affair. The concerned parties might not always share the same bed, but both have the same long-term goal - freedom at all costs.

As another saying goes, "Freedom isn't free." That's right, it just might cost you an arm and a leg. Literally.


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