Letter to the Editor: Please, no more wars

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Dominic Bordenaro is president of Ball State College Democrats and previously wrote for the Opinion Section of The Ball State Daily News.

When I was born in the year 1997, the United States was already involved in multiple combat zones around the world. In 1998, we entered the Kosovo War. That same year, we initiated Operation Infinite Reach. In 2001, we began the War in Afghanistan. In 2003, we commenced the invasion of Iraq, with the Iraq war formally lasting until 2011. In 2004, we began the war in North-West Pakistan. 2007 began the Second U.S. Intervention in the Somali Civil War. 2009 marked the beginning of Operation Ocean Shield. 2011 began international intervention in Libya and Operation Observant Compass. 2014 started American-led intervention in Iraq, with American-led intervention in Syria beginning shortly after. In 2015, the United States gave limited support to the Yemeni Civil War and it marked the beginning of American intervention in Libya.

Those last few conflicts have yet to end. I am 22 years old and have yet to see peace. When will it end?

There is $1,694,074,709,764 in student debt.

The minimum wage is still $7.25.

The USA holds 25 percent of the world’s prison population.

44 million Americans have no health insurance.

The average American household carries $16,061 in credit card debt.

We cannot afford these endless wars, morally or financially.

A recent Brown University study states that over 244,000 innocent civilians have been killed by America’s wars in the middle east. To put that into perspective, imagine four cities of Muncie being annihilated. The same study also says that “in addition to those killed by direct acts of violence, the number of indirect deaths — those resulting from disease, displacement, and the loss of critical infrastructure — is believed to be several times higher, running into the millions.”

So, please, no more wars.

- Dominic Bordenaro, President of Ball State College Democrats

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