Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Massacre Accomplished

This happy little picture is running on the sidebar in the Direct Action Newsletter, an activist web site based in Brighton, England, which, incidentally, is a good, feisty way to keep up with activism in England, especially of the Anarchist variety. They recently, for example, did some good stories about people who are squatting in vacant commercial buildings. 

The number of Iraqis who have died as the result of our illegal, unnecessary and wanton destruction of that country is given as, depending on who is counting, anywhere from 104,000 by the web site Iraq Body Count to, in the authoritative survey by the British medical journal the Lancet, a block by block survey of excess deaths, in a range of between 392,979 and 942,646, with a statistical likelihood of just over 600,000, to the New York Times' recent estimate of "tens of thousands," an estimate apparently made up by an editorial writer while he was in the process of writing the editorial, and about which a letter to the editor by Ian Sinclair of London said, " significantly underestimate the death and destruction in Iraq will likely lead to more support for this war — and future wars — than would be the case if the true costs were widely known." Which is a lot more politely than I would have put it.


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