Be careful what you ask for, Part III, or exactly how long does a death throe last?

According to this story, an average of 100 CIVILIANS a day are being killed this year in Iraq. You can call it sectarian violence all you want, but what we have is a civil war in Iraq.

Explain to us again how terrorism is being cowed by this war? Explain to us again why Vice-President Dick ‘we are in the last throes of the insurgency‘ Cheney is not being held accountable for his deceptions and the fact that many many people are dying based on his failed policies?

I hold Russian President Putin in no esteem whatsoever, but one has to agree that Russia, or any other country, doesn’t need a democracy like Iraq’s.

I don’t claim to have any easy answers about what to do in Iraq right now. All I know is that the President and the Vice-President of the United States have a LOT of answering to do and that we don’t need to forget that a lot of people are dying because we helped unleash a horrific civil war.



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2 responses to “Be careful what you ask for, Part III, or exactly how long does a death throe last?

  1. Every one of those deaths deserves to be mourned. Meanwhile, let’s keep a little perpective. The death toll of civilians under Sadam Hussein’s reign of terror was an average of 42,000 people a year. According to the New York Times article you linked to, the death toll for the first six months of this year was between 14 and 15,000, for an annual rate of less than 30,000. The civilians in Iraq right now, in the throes of war have a better chance of survival than they did under Hussein.

  2. I have to say that my standards for behavior re US policy is to hold them against something much higher than how Saddam treated his people.

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