Regarding the letter from James M. Althoff (CR, Aug. 14) in which he states that the lives lost in Iraq are “volunteer soldiers encircled in body armor, armed to the teeth and often in the cocoon of a Humvee,” I would ask him about the 100,000 plus Iraqi casualties, many, if not most of whom are civilians, women and children? Do they not count? Are they not innocent victims? Like Mr. Althoff, I, too, would like to see abortion disappear from the scene. However, I am realist enough to know that such a wish is just that, a wish.