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Equality of Justice

According to a report in this morning's Washington Post, over 655,000 Iraqis have died since the U.S.-lead invasion, based on the false assumption that the country's dictator, Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction, had connections to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, etc. etc. etc.

Today, Saddam is on trial, as he damn well should be. He is charged with "genocide" in the gassing deaths of Kurdish Iraqis, numbering anywhere between 50,000 and 200,000 according to CNN. Make no mistake: this horrendous crime must not go unpunished. But what of his accomplices? After all, he was using weapons sold to him by the U.S. government during the days of the Reagan administration -- via Donald Rumsfield, the current and longest-serving Secretary of Defense.

So, out there in the sandbox, we have a man who stands accused of the murder of 200,000 innocent people.

And in our playpen, we look to a so-called "leader" who, it now appears, is responsible for the violent deaths of 655,000 innocent people.

I pose this question, and offer not an answer ...
I think it is important that we consider these numbers. It is a painful thing to confront, but if our government has the blood of 655,000 innocent people on its hands, would you really want to know?

Would there be a civil war raging in Iraq today if we had not invaded?

Would 655,000 more Iraqis be alive today if our president and all his men had told the truth?

These are some really nasty questions that must be asked and addressed by sober people armed with the cold, unflenching truth of our current situation.

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