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Ekovox says nay!

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One from Alan Linzer.

One from the Times-Standard.

One from Bob Doran (mostly about other things).

But in the absence of events in the near future, I suspect the flurry will die down for a while. Even Reggae Warrior is on to some alternative topics for the moment.

No folks, one million people in Iraq have not died since the invasion started. I know it’s being reported on Free Speech News, Amy Goodman and numerous lefty media.

From Just Foreign Policy:

The number is shocking and sobering.

It is at least 10 times greater than most estimates cited in the US media, yet it is based on the only scientifically valid study of violent Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003.

That study, published in prestigious medical journal The Lancet, estimated that over 600,000 Iraqis had been killed as a result of the invasion as of July 2006. Iraqis have continued to be killed since then. The graphic above provides a rough daily update of this number based on a rate of increase derived from the Iraq Body Count. (See the complete explanation.)

And from my left wing friend, who sent me the link:

Don’ t bother trying to refute the idiots with a counter-study.

Just ask them to cite a single article or report from the last four years that shows 2740 Iraqi deaths in one day, which would be the average daily toll if a million Iraqis have been killed.

If 2740 have been killed day in and day out, every day, for four straight years, there must be at least one published report somewhere.

Okay, I know this is going to generate some angry anonymous responses. Eric Kirk is a DLC operative. He’s a Zionist. He’s a lawyer. He doesn’t listen to the Dixie Chicks.

Well, the anti-war movement can’t afford to lose any more credibility. Despite the fact that everyone on the planet now opposes the war in Iraq except for a handful of hardcores, precious few of the pols up for election in 08 for any position are taking a firm stand. The nut case conspiracy theories don’t help. Associations with a coalition run by a sectarian group which embraces a repressive xenophobic nation which believes that its leader is immortal doesn’t help. The bad arithmetic won’t help either. There are plenty of facts to justify opposition to the war. We don’t have to make them up.

Addendum: Somebody posted the following. I guess we all should watch our arithmetic.

Your buddy needs to get his math right …1,000,000 over four years is 685 a day. Still sounds high to me.

Second addendum: This post got linked over at Daily Kos. I don’t have time to get into a long discussion over there, but it’s interesting to learn that I actually an a DLC member. I really think the left should have some requirements for membership, including a literature class in which you learn about irony.


August 2007