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We had our day: those that live by the sword will die that way

To the editor,
Since the bombing in Boston I researched the use of bombs in warfare, coming to some starling conclusions. I am not passing judgment as the tragic results at the marathon speak strongly about the use of explosions as a weapon of destruction and death. But, going back 50 years ago, and more recently in the Iraq war, the numbers, some of which are now available, reveal our own use of explosives. I find the numbers to be incredible!
One set of facts is available: The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing flying sorties over Iraq dropped 500,000 tons of bombs. A ton is 2,000 lbs. If they used 1,000 lb. bombs, that would roughly amount to 1,000,000 x 1,000 lb. bombs. It is estimated that 44,000 stories were flown by all units,( most of which were carrying explosives, in the ensuing years of the Iraq war.. With most of the numbers in, that translates to about 40-lbs. of explosives for every person in Iraq — the population being about 25 million.
Going back to the Vietnam war United States military aircraft dropped seven million tons of bombs in our protracted war to defeat North Vietnam. It sounds too incredible to be true, but those are the facts and we have to live with them.
Our military might has had its day. Those that live by the sword, will die by the sword, so says the Good Book. Be an advocate for peace. Be strident, strong and full of zeal and passion for peace. If you don't do it, who will?
Leon R Albushies
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