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Submitted by Joe Six-Pack (United States), Aug 26, 2011 at 09:09

"Two soldiers and a thousand civilians died."

I have heard this argument so many times it amazes me. Japan killed less than 3,000 Americans at Pearl Harbor. Our response was that we killed millions of Japanese. This includes civilians. And we did it deliberately. That makes us wrong? How about the fact that we killed many more Germans than they killed of ours? We certainly killed many more civilians than we lost. And this makes the United State wrong to wage war against Germany?

Losses in battle don't necessarily tell you who the winner was. Nor does it tell you who was right or wrong.

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