The poster above was presented by a (probably well-meaning) Facebook customer. Follows a great response to this clumsy propaganda attempt by David Sigeti. Enjoy.
This poster is every bit as deceptive as anything the Bush Administration did to convince people to support the occupation of Iraq, and I say this as someone who opposed the second Iraq War and was disgusted by the deception used to justify starting it.
In the first place, the claim of 2.5 million dead in "wars justified by 9/11" (presumably the Afghanistan and Iraq wars) is exaggerated by at least a factor of five or six. 400,000 is probably a high estimate and 500,000 must be very high. Talk about a lack of proportion.
Secondly, the great majority of those killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were innocent Muslim civilians murdered by Islamists who were either our adversaries in the war (Al Qaeda in Iraq and allied groups in their attempt to reimpose Sunni Arab supremacy on the Kurds and Shiite Arabs in Iraq, or the Taliban in their attempt to reimpose a regime of lunatic medieval tyranny and murder in Afghanistan) or were practicing massive reprisals against the former groups, reprisals that we were trying very hard to stop (the Shiite Islamist terrorist groups that were allied with, supplied by, and largely controlled by Iran). Blaming the US for the crimes against humanity committed either by its adversaries or by terrorist groups that the US was trying very hard to suppress is absolute moral cretinism.
Finally, there is the fact that no one would dream of applying a similar argument to almost any other war. Take the US in the second world war, for example. The Japanese killed less than 2000, overwhelmingly combatants, in their attack on Pearl Harbor. The number of Japanese we subsequently killed in the war must have been in the high hundreds of thousands at least, and the number of Germans was probably in the low millions. In addition, the Japanese and Germans killed several hundred thousand Americans, mostly combatants, as well as countless civilians from Allied countries in reprisals connected with our attacks and in fighting our forces. Does this mean that we were wrong to go to war in response to Pearl Harbor?
It is amazing how much mendacity and twisted reasoning you can fit into three sentences and a fragment thereof.