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10/29/2004 @ 05:17 AM: The Washington Post just reported on one of the first independent studies to determine loss of civilian life in Iraq, and it concluded that approximately 100,000 Iraqis have died since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. Well more than 1,000 U.S. troops have been killed since fighting began, and thousands of coalition and Iraqi forces have also lost their lives.

I personally hold George W. Bush responsible for this excessive loss of life. He will tell you that it was to "make the world safer," and that the world is indeed "safer without Saddam Hussein in power." Maybe so, but already the ends do not justify the means in this case--and we are far from reaching the end.

George W. Bush considers himself a deeply devout Christian man. He credits his faith for his strong convictions and values. Before the U.S. invaded Iraq, the Pope himself called any attack on the country a very un-Christian thing to do. The greatest person I've ever known in my life, the man who was my greatest musical mentor and who has dedicated himself to his faith in God, wrote me an email a few months back where he condemned Bush's leadership and called his Christian perspective "twisted."

I agree that establishing democracy in the Middle East is vital to stabilizing such an extreme hot spot for terrorist activity, and there is no question that Saddam Hussein being out of power is best for the citizens of Iraq. However, the recklessness with which Mr. Bush went about these activities has resulted in terrible loss. And us taxpayers have to pick up the check for the entire thing.

This is just one issue and only one of many reasons why I won't be voting for George W. Bush on Tuesday. I hope everyone else has been able to avoid the swarming influence of late-campaign propaganda and see Bush for what he truly is: a devastating leader. The economy is in disarray, prejudice is more pronounced than ever in "the land of the free," we are no longer highly respected throughout the world, and Bush himself is responsible for sending thousands upon thousands of people to their deaths. Has he stayed true to his convictions? Yes. Is this strong leadership? Not even close...

Vote on November 2nd.


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