How Many More Have To Die Before We Realize Killing’s Not The Answer

We Evidently Never Learn

P.G. Barnett
4 min readJan 5, 2020


Unless you’ve gone entirely off the grid and sequestered yourself somewhere living a life of hermitage, you’ve probably read or heard about the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

And…here we go.

You can read about Iran’s response to the killing here if you haven’t done so.

Whether you’re pro current president or against. Whether or not you believe this killing is warranted, the fact of the matter is someone called the shot, and someone died.

What it boils down to is that no matter if this said someone was leading strikes against American soldiers and diplomats in a country we really have no business being in, in the first place, this great country of ours just reached out and killed someone.

And because of this, we might possibly be facing another war. Please don’t tell yourself or me that’s okay because it probably won’t be fought on American soil.

Uh, the last time I looked, the twin towers in New York aren’t there anymore. But you can certainly go and see the monument dedicated to the two thousand six hundred and six people who lost their lives there.

Many countries on this planet are more than capable of bringing their aggression to American soil. Never forget that.

Do you believe America has just cause to either enter into or cause another war? Can you even begin to estimate how many lives will be lost this time?

Maybe we should look at the number of lives lost so far because of war.

Here are some figures pulled from Wikipedia where lives were lost, and not just American lives. I’m talking about the Human race here, in case you don’t know. Because of the staggering numbers, most of these numbers are tallied by geometric mean, which means a numerical average.¹

  • American Civil — 1861 to 1865–806,226
  • World War I — 1914 to 1918–23,568,559



P.G. Barnett

A published author enjoying married Texas bliss. Dog person living with cats. A writer of Henry James' stories. Featured In MuckRack. Top Writer In Fiction.