Sunday, December 4, 2011
As the United States draws down its troops in Iraq, it is a good time to reflect on the consequences of the war since 2003. According to news reports today, approximately 110,000 persons have lost
their lives in Iraq during the last 8 years. Of those lives lost,Iraqi civilians have lost far more than any other group. According to the Associated Press, almost 104,000 Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence. In addition, 4,485 US servicemen and women have been killed and another 70,000 wounded. the death toll also Includes approximately 2000 civilian employees of the US government as well as 175 journalists. Words cannot express the sorrow that accompanies such loss.
While no means a substitute for the loss of life, there are some bright spots as Iraq moves forward. Approximately twice as many homes have electricity and water as compared to the pre-war period. In addition, three times as many Iraqis have access to sewer services and cellular telephone services.
In some areas there have been few changes. The number of refugees has increased slightly while oil production has decreased slightly as compared to the pre-war period.
One can only hope that the future will be brighter but what happens next in Iraq will ultimately be up to the Iraqis.