I read this on a “friend’s blog”:http://www.xanga.com/DeGentleGiant today and just had to post it here for amusement’s sake:
If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000.
The rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that
you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation’s Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.
Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington D.C.
Not a complete assessment of the situation, mind you, but a valid point, given that the death rate is one reason that has been cited to pull out of Iraq. Proponents of pulling out would probably quote bigger reasons for leaving the sand and bringing the boys home.
Personally, I think that now that we’re there, total commitment is the only thing that is going to keep the violence from following us back to our shores.
I’m proud of our boys!