Posts Tagged ‘Iraq casualties’

Body counts and the new normal

May 1, 2015

Physicians for Social Responsibility, in a report issued several weeks ago, estimated that more than 1 million people died in Iraq during the past 15 years as a result of U.S.-led military operations, and more than 300,000 people died in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I’m not certain these numbers are accurate.  I do think they are as close to being accurate as is humanity possible.  I don’t find them unbelievable.  They’re partly based on verified reports, partly on statistical sampling methods most Americans find credible when applied to everyday subjects.

The worst thing to me is not the number, but the indifference of the American public.  We as a nation don’t care about bystanders, except when American citizens happen to be among those accidentally killed.

Somebody might argue that people were killed in larger numbers, and more indiscriminately, in World War Two.  But the war against the Axis powers had a definite purpose and came to a definite end.  There is no expectation of when the so-called long war on terror might be won, or exactly what winning would consist of.

We talk about the moral breakdown of society.  When I think about the moral breakdown of society, I don’t think about sex, drugs and rock-and-roll.   I think of the President of the United States drawing up a weekly list of assassination orders, as if this were the most normal thing in the world

LINKS

Why the U.S. “war on terra” is a fraud by Pepe Escobar for Asia Times.

Body Count by Physicians for Social Responsibility.  The full 80-page report.

Counting the costs of the Iraq war

March 21, 2013

Bush administration spokesmen said the invasion of Iraq was going to be a cakewalk, and the cost would be paid out of Iraq oil revenues.  Ten years later, we know the true costs.

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For details, click on The Iraq War Ledger by the Center for American Progress.

Also click on Invading Iraq: What We Were Told at the Time by James Fallows of The Atlantic Monthly.

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Chart of Iraqi war deaths

January 21, 2011

In this chart, each pixel represents an Iraq war death during the past six years.  The blue pixels represent American and coalition troops and the green pixels represent Iraqi allies; the grey pixels represent the anti-U.S. forces.  The orange pixels are civilians.  The left chart separates them by color; the right chart puts them in order of the date of death, running from left to right and then top to bottom.

This chart was made late in 2010 by Kamel Makhloufi, a graphic designer in Quebec, using data published by The Guardian from Wikileaks.  As he notes, all the green pixels, orange pixels and grey pixels are Iraqi deaths; American deaths are limited to the slim blue strip at the top.  Click on Flickr for details.  Click on Melka for his portfolio.

Hat tip to The Daily Dish.