Friday, August 04, 2006

Iraqi violence...in perspective... 

Tucked way down in this article is a nasty little fact:

Sectarian killings in Iraq have escalated since the February 22 bombing of the Shiite Askariya Mosque in Samarra. Nearly 6,000 people died in Iraqi violence in May and June alone, according to a recent U.N. report.

This rate? 36,000 a year due to violence. Imagine the number dying of deprivation, cholera, miscarriage, etc. The 36,000 a year? That translates into 420,000 a year for a country the size of the US. Imagine. 420,000 a year. 8,400 per state. 1.4 per thousand people. If you live in a city of 100,000, 140 people will be killed by violence.

Sounds like New Orleans? No, sorry, it's two and a half times the rate of the US's most dangerous city.

Ah, democracy. We did it for freedom. And, now, Iraq can match the homicide rate of any city in the land of the free. And your tax dollars are paying for it.


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