Regardless of your political affliation or belief in the solutions proposed by Bush or Kerry, we cannot ignore the current situation faced by the Iraqi population. Their day-to-day routine involves suicide attacks, checkpoints by foreign soldiers, religious rhetoric, political rhetoric, and limited supplies. This blog entry by history professor Juan Cole puts the current situation into perspective most Americans can understand.
“Thus, violence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last week? That is a number greater than the deaths on September 11, and if America were Iraq, it would be an ongoing, weekly or monthly toll”