Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Iraqi war death estimates are irrelevant!

Critical analysis doubting 600,000 Iraqi war dead estimated by Johns Hopkins study may be correct. But they are also irrelevant.

Our local, state and federal governments document the smallest details of 99.9% of every American death both here and abroad. What does it say to Iraqis and the greater Muslim world when we can’t even guess within hundreds of thousands the number of innocent Iraqi men, women and children that have been intentionally or unintentionally killed as a direct result of a war of choice that we started? Americans appear to care more about batting averages, financial statistics and oil prices than the mass death tolls of Muslims

Even using the lowest ‘guesstimates’ of 20,000 innocent Iraqi citizens killed from a population of 25 million it would take 200,000 American deaths for us to experience the lethality of their nation’s ‘occupation’.

When (not if) those who hate us get their hands on a nuclear or biological weapon -- is there any doubt they will use it to even the score? Such is the ‘justice’ of war where the law of force reigns supreme. We used the death of 3000 Americans on 9-11 to justify a ‘war on terrorism and Iraq.’ What will they ultimately justify from the loss of their loved ones? And, finally, how many millions of lives will it take for humanity to discover the wisdom and inherent value of abolishing war as a means of solving differences? It’s past time for the global rule of law.


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