Wednesday, September 19, 2007

how many more will it take?

Opinion Research Business, a polling firm in the UK, is reporting 1.2 million violent deaths in Iraq since the U.S. invasion and occupation.

HOW MANY MORE WILL IT TAKE TO GET U.S. OUT OF IRAQ?

Two reports about this are: here and here.
So we are speaking of some 1.2 million people who have been killed in this way, and that does not count the numbers that were killed during the invasion itself for the crime of having attempted to oppose invading foreign troops, or the 500,000 children and old people killed by the US-UN anti-civilian sanctions in the 10 previous years.

Is the media near-you reporting this? How?

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Two more related links are here and here.
What does it take us to shock us into action these days? An Opinion Business Research (ORB) survey of Iraqi families indicates as many as 1.2 million Iraqi civilians may have died as a result of the war. That's five times more than the death toll wrought by Fat Man and Little Boy in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It's also the equivalent of killing every Arab-American as per the 2000 census or every man, woman and child in, say, Amsterdam. And just why were those people's lives sacrificed again?

1 comment:

I.M.SMALL said...

THE PRESENT STRUGGLE

Words fail in the approach,
Approximate
Their meaning,
But just as poachers poach
So to one´s fate
Time is careening.

All souls alive today
Are caught up in
This struggle,
Tremendous in its way
Nor in the spin
With time to haggle.

Not to the vertigo
Succumb, despite
Freefalling,
For soon the moon will show
Its glowing light,
Time never stalling.

Chill o´er the graveyard, casts
The watchful moon
Her somber
Refraction pale--so lasts
Each earthly boon
If till December.

The cycle is ordained:
Do not fear death.
Tormentors
Themselves be equal pained--
See their chill breath
Just as death enters.

Therefore take solace in
Integrity
Of spirit:
There is no harm, but sin,
That threatens thee:
Approach not near it.

All will be well. It is
Vouchsafed as true
In heaven,
Therefore heed only this:
By truth then do
Be solely driven.