More than three thousand U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq War.
More than three thousand people killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
More than three thousand people await execution in the United States.
There is no direct connection between any of these except that each represents a pointless, though deliberate, waste of human life. Are humans still so primitive that they should still be collectively deciding to burn, poison, shoot, suffocate, or even stone one of their own kind to death?
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