War death tolls need context

by Derek Olson

Monday’s editorial about the human costs of war stirred my discontentment.
Every day, readers of The Minnesota Daily’s editorials and opinions section are reminded how many U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians have died because of the war in Iraq. To me, this propagandistic war protest translates into a grandiose headline of biased opinion. This number does not tell readers that more than 860,000 deaths on account of war crimes were committed under Saddam Hussein’s orders before the invasion in 2003. It does not indicate that more on-duty police officers have died in our own country than soldiers in Iraq so far in 2010.
The death toll covering eight years of war does not tell the readers it is dwarfed by the human cost of roughly 6.8 million abortions during that same period. Worst of all, there is no indication of terrorists captured, or killed, to show the progress of the war. Daily readers are presented with one side of the numbers four days a week. If this newspaper wants to be a reliable source of news, it must take measures to curtail its bias.
Derek Olson, University student