The Jaded Prole

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Riverbend Returns

and it's good to know she is alive unlike so many of her compatriots. In her comments on the Lancet study citing the deaths of 650,000 deaths due to our invasion and occupation of her country she says:

"We literally do not know a single Iraqi family that has not seen the violent death of a first or second-degree relative these last three years. Abductions, militias, sectarian violence, revenge killings, assassinations, car-bombs, suicide bombers, American military strikes, Iraqi military raids, death squads, extremists, armed robberies, executions, detentions, secret prisons, torture, mysterious weapons – with so many different ways to die, is the number so far fetched?

There are Iraqi women who have not shed their black mourning robes since 2003 because each time the end of the proper mourning period comes around, some other relative dies and the countdown begins once again.

Let's pretend the 600,000+ number is all wrong and that the minimum is the correct number: nearly 400,000. Is that better? Prior to the war, the Bush administration kept claiming that Saddam killed 300,000 Iraqis over 24 years. After this latest report published in The Lancet, 300,000 is looking quite modest and tame. Congratulations Bush et al."

Even we who opposed this neocon debacle from the start are responsible for the horror our country has inflicted. It is up to us to bring justice to the lying murderous bastards who usurp leadership of our nation with no respect for law or life. It is up to us to make what amends we can.


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