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Feb 24, 2007

Here some more stats: its amazing what you find when you go looking!! This info is from http://mindprod.com/politics/iraqbodycounts.html

According to the Washington Post as of 2006-10-10 a team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred. It is more than 20 times the estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths that President Bush gave in a speech in 2005-12. It is more than 10 times the estimate of roughly 50,000 civilian deaths made by the British-based Iraq Body Count research group.

Here is a ball park estimate based on the Viet Nam war. 444,000 North Vietnamese and 220,557 South Vietnamese military personnel and 587,000 civilians were killed. The Vietnam war cost $623 billion in today's dollars.
In the Vietnam war, the cost per civilian killed was thus $1 million. If that same spending efficiency had been achieved in Iraq, there would be 300,000 dead civilians by the time $300 billion had been spent. It is pushing 1 trillion now.
Consider that killing people in Iraq is far easier than in Viet Nam. In Viet Nam there was impenetrable jungle cover, a huge network of tunnels, and the enemy spread out over a very wide area thinly populated. Further in Iraq much less care was taken to avoid killing civilians. There was less ground action and more aerial bombing of cities.
Republicans claim that Americans killed only a few thousand or so Iraqis. This is thus an obvious lie. Those fibbers are trying to make you believe Uncle Sam spent 100 million dollars to kill each Iraqi civilian. That is preposterous. Arafat recruited suicide bombers for only $15 thousand each.

Gotta love this quote: “We don't do body counts” ~ General Tommy Franks, US Central Command

America is so self orientated...


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