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Letters, July 7, 2016 

Counting casualties & Laughing out loud

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Counting casualties
If I could, I would like to give more information on the letter about the warring of the Demublicans [Letters, "A message for everyone," June 30, City Weekly].

Pakistan and Yemen are only two of the countries being droned. Libya, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan suffer strikes as well. Obama's first was on January 23, 2009, and it killed between 7-15 people including one child. Later on, another strike went back to the same area and killed three more kids and 2-5 more adults.

Not to gross everybody out, but sometimes the reason an exact number can't be given is because the body parts are strewn about and in such small pieces that they can't be matched up to the people they originally came from. Good Kill, starring Ethan Hawke, explains this and other such things as it is based on real drone operators' lives.

Does it matter how children are being killed, though? Hellfire missiles and good-old-fashion shooting deaths are regular ways in which these innocents are killed. Take for example the 20 men, 32 women and 30 children killed by a bomb in Libya in August 2011. Let's not forget the estimated 576,000 dead children in Iraq, Obama continuing Jr.'s warhawking in one way or another this whole time. Or how about the SEAL member from Ft. Lewis-McChord who busted into three civilian homes in the middle of the night and shot nine sleeping Afghan children, noncombatants and three women; who burned their bodies with chemicals then turned himself in?
Trent Haloway
Woods Cross

Laughing out loud
I had to read Sally Golden's manifesto [Letters, "Thank the troops for what?" June 16, City Weekly] three times because I couldn't stop laughing.

She states that "I'll listen to myself and nobody else, thanks, though."

With all those voices in her head, she doesn't need the company.
Alan E. Wright
Salt Lake City

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