Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Extermination of Pennsylvania

Today is Wednesday, 19 September 2007.

How many Iraqis have died violent deaths as a result of the American invasion, conquest, and occupation?

According to the results of an AP poll last February, Americans believe a median of 9,890 have died.

Main stream media outlets such as The Washington Post often use a figure of 75,000 to 80,000.

A rigorous scientific study, The Human Cost of the War in Iraq: A Mortality Study 2002-2006, by the Bloomberg School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, determined that at least 600,000 have died.

A new study by the Opinion Research Bureau in the United Kingdom, based on a survey of Iraqis, concluded that approx. 1.2 million have died, or approx. 4.4% of the total population.

Were the same percentage of Americans to die violent deaths, it would be roughly 13,000,000, or roughly the entire population of the state of Pennsylvania.

(By way of comparison: the violent deaths perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia were approx. 1.7 million.)

The blood of 1.2 million Iraqis drowns their land and America.

Today’s column is the 500th since the debut of this blog. Today is also the 50th anniversary of the first completely-contained underground nuclear bomb test at the Nevada Proving Grounds.


Anonymous la_libertine said...

Welcome back, HH - we missed ye (and Arrghh and be damned if ye didn't miss Talk Like a Pirate Day!) It's OK - we hoisted a couple in yer honor, Cap'n!

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