Moral Outrage
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Are Foreign Lives of Equal Worth to Americans’?

When a U.S. civilian is murdered in a foreign land or in the United States, we rightfully feel angry, sad, and some of us demand vengeance.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan has lost as many as 32,000 citizens since the U.S. invasion in 2001.

Iraq by all accounts has suffered a few hundred thousand deaths, a million wounded, and the destruction of its infrastructure for economics, health, and education.

Whether it is admitted or not, we have killed and injured tens of thousands of civilians not involved in trying to kill us.

How do Afghan and Iraqi civilians view the injuries or deaths of tens of thousands of their countrymen and women? How do they view the continued killing and wounding of hundreds or thousands of non-combatants?

How would we view this number deaths and injuries among our own population?

As citizens of the United States, we face the moral obligation to not only understand the tragedy of the loss of civilians, but to reduce to a minimum or eliminate civilian deaths, if at all possible. Every innocent civilian killed or wounded in Afghanistan and in Iraq has a mother, father, sister, or brother, and in these close-knit tribal communities many more who are considered very close relatives. The families and friends of those harmed in these conflicts could carry with them the need for vengeance for decades to come.

[The author believes ] the mechanization of war has resulted in treating other nations’ citizens as less than equal to citizens of the United States.

[Excerpt of a post by Adil E. Shamoo]

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2 Responses to “Are Foreign Lives of Equal Worth to Americans’?”

  1. Question here is that do these afganis/pakistanis/iraqis value their own life? Had they been they would’nt have allowed their societes to degrade.They have been quarrelling & killing each other or anybody else within their reach since ages….

  2. Let’s assume for a moment that your comment is accurate: The Iraqis, Pakistanis and Afghans “allowed their societes to degrade.They have been quarreling & killing each other or anybody else within their reach since ages….”

    What then of the point that U.S. and NATO armies have invaded and killed and injured tens of thousands of civilians not involved in trying to kill us? -Which is the point being made in the article.

    And now a brief commentary on your above comment: I doubt if you have ever been to these countries and experienced the traditional hospitality of the people. Instead you seem to be repeating a worn-out and largely untrue argument, made and repeated by those ignorant of the facts.


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