Mr. Miner,

In discussing the costs and benefits of the U.S. invasion/occupation, and the intentions and reconsiderations of those on both sides of the issue [Hot Type, January 6], you (and many others) neglect to mention the tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens killed and tens of thousands more wounded. Any discussion about the war on Iraq–regardless of the speaker’s position–which fails to mention this reality, this death and destruction caused in the name of accomplishing “something useful,” is simply obscene, akin to Bill Bennett’s hypothetical abortion of black babies in the name of reducing crime. Please avoid repeating the mass media’s shameful, racist conduct in focusing on strategies and ideologies, and their reconsideration by American individuals and institutions, while obscuring the material costs of this war.

Jason Guthartz