Monday, 16 October 2006

"There’s a Level of Violence That They Tolerate"

According to a new study (which, of course, has had its validity challenged by the Bush regime) the casualty figure for Iraqi civilians in this fake war is around 600,000.

Fuck me.

Now, the US did their best at first to ignore civilian death (remember: "We don't do body counts.") and refused to make any effort to compute the loss of life, as dead civilians make the war on terror a hard sell but they eventually settling on a ballpark figure of around 117 dead people a day. Naturally, the Pentagon has been trying to suppress a report that goes some way to acknowledge the massive loss of life in Iraq since the invasion but even they only have it at around 150,000.

Bush himself has used a figure of 30,000 Iraqi civilians killed in his war and when challenged with this new data, he replied thus (video here):

"I don’t consider it a credible report, neither does General Casey and neither do Iraqi officials. I do know that a lot of innocent people have died and it troubles me and grieves me. And I applaud the Iraqis for their courage in the face of violence. I am, you know, amazed that this is a society which so wants to be free that they’re willing to, you know, that there’s a level of violence that they tolerate."

*cough*

Yeah, they want to be so free that they just love the the dead bodies piling up around them.

The report is here, go read and make your own mind up.

10 comments:

  1. I'm sure there are plenty of Americans who think the number would be higher if we'd all just get off Bush's back and let him do his job.

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  2. The real irony is that there are now more US soldiers killed in Iraq than were killed 11/9 and there now apears to be more dead civilians than Saddam topped off himself.

    How wonderful the great USA is, the great liberator of lives. Trying to spread democracy when they can't have a straight election themselves.

    They hate you because you are free... oh so funny just to hear that said by the gibbering fool Bush. They probably don't hate you at all... and you're not free. Doublespeak at it's very best.

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  3. Hi daniel,

    I came to your blog via blogcode (apparently your blog is v. similar to mine!)

    Some interesting stuff you've written.

    Cheers...

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    Oh yeah...dead Iraqis. Yeah, such a shame. Blah, blah, blah...bad America. Bush a fool...bleat, bleat, bleat. Same old impotent middle-class, right-on, conscience-salving guff. Things could have been so different if Bush Snr had the huevos to go into Iraq after the first Gulf War. Everyone would have been cheering and saying how great it was to depose a dictator. This war is back-dated - just imagine that this is the early 1990s and everything will be alright. ;-)

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  5. James: those people would be known as idiots...

    Indcoup: nice to have you by here, I'll be over at yours asap.

    Darren: the Google ads always give me great cheer in my middle class malaise... ;-P

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  6. There's a good commentary on this subject that points out, among other things, that the methodology used for this particular study is the exact same one that is used in Darfur and the Congo, and the government stands behind those numbers.

    Here's the link:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/curren-w-warf-md-/655000-iraq-war-deaths-_b_31843.html

    I'd read HuffPo a lot more if I didn't get the feeling that half of the content is somehow flogging Arianna's new book.

    As Steven Colbert once said; The facts have a liberal bias.

    Yeharr

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  7. slaps Darren the fecking idiot.

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