That said, there is a real need to logically compare the lives lost in Iraq with the lives lost in other conflicts, just for the sake of creating perspective on this issue
Putting emotion and political ideology aside and looking at the numbers objectively, the numbers in Iraq pale in comparison to:
World War I: 1917-18, 116,516 deaths
World War II: 1941-46, 405,399 deaths
Korea: 1950-53, 36,574 deaths
Vietnam: 1964-73, 58,209 deaths
Civil War: 1861-65, 364,511 deaths
Iraq: 2003-05, 2,006 deaths
No argument can dispute those numbers. The fact is that the death rate in Iraq is dramatically lower than in any of those other conflicts, so much so that it ought not even be a part of the discussion.
But then the controversy is really not about the number of Americans who have died in Iraq. That number and those lives are merely a convenient tool of the anti-war movement, an emotionally loaded factoid that the Left uses to advance its argument against the war.
This senseless argument that because of the number of our brave military men and women who have died we ought to pull our troops out of Iraq is advanced because those people don’t support the war. They hate the war and they hate it because George Bush is President, and they hate George Bush.
It is an embarrassing and shameful reality that the level of political disagreement in the United States has sunk to a level where the deaths of military personnel have become little more than a bargaining chip in a political chess match.