Monday, October 31, 2005

Nearly 50 a day? 

The Pentagon released a report that insurgents have killed nearly 26,000 Iraqi citizens since Jan. 1, or 42 each day. That is nearly the number killed in the London bombings, each day, for 625 days. That is nearly 10 times the number of people killed on 9/11, in a country that did not provide any of the terrorists for 9/11, and has no links to 9/11. In effect, this means the US has brought about a catastrophe ten times worse than 9/11 on a nation with one-tenth the people. An Iraqi is thus 100 times more likely to have been killed by the insurgency than someone living in the US is to have died on 9/11 (recall that many of those killed on 9/11 were not US citizens).

Still, I don't see this many dead being reported. Which makes me suspicious at a second level--are they trying to "hide" other dead in these figures? If not, then it seems to me (and I could be wrong here, it just seems so) we are not hearing about 42 people a day being killed. This is an astonishing number of people--1 out of every 1,000 Iraqis killed by the insurgency. Relative to population, that would be a quarter of a million dead in the US--corrected for population in the '60's compared to now, this is still more than twice the death rate for the US in the entire Vietnam War.


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