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The following editorial appeared in The Seattle Times Wednesday
Two thousand is just a number. The number of pounds in a ton. The number of years in two millennia.
The number of U.S. dead in Afghanistan, according to a recent New York Times analysis of Department of Defense figures.
It’s that last example that brings 2,000 into stark focus. It is not just a number for those who have died, their families and friends.
The war in Afghanistan is no more justified or reckless at 2,000 dead than it was at 1,999 or than it will be at 2001. The war might have been justified any time before the number hit 500 in 2008. By then, Al-Qaida, the terrorist group behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, was no longer able to operate training camps out of Afghanistan. The Taliban were driven from power. A justified step in protecting the world from terrorism had been taken.
Keeping the Taliban out of power and al-Qaida headed for oblivion remain worthwhile goals. But are they reason enough to risk more U.S. losses — not to mention more deaths among other NATO nations participating there or adding more to the thousands of civilian deaths?
Fighting international terrorism should become a multinational-police operation. Preventing a return to power by the Taliban in Afghanistan should become an international-aid operation.
The next number worth focusing on should be 80,000. That is the number of U.S. troops that should be brought home.
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