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Monday, October 01, 2007

The Smaller the Target... 

U.S., Iraqi civilian deaths fall sharply
BAGHDAD - Deaths among American forces and Iraqi civilians fell dramatically last month to their lowest levels in more than a year, according to figures compiled by the U.S. military, the Iraqi government and The Associated Press.


A total of 64 American forces died in September — the lowest monthly toll since July 2006.

The decline in Iraqi civilian deaths was even more dramatic, falling from 1,975 in August to at least 988 last month, a decline of 50 percent, according to an AP tally. The civilian death toll has not been so low since June 2006, when 847 Iraqis died.
Wow! ONLY 1054 human individuals died for NOTHING last month in Iraq.

Oh, incidentally, I hear that only a very few California Condors died last year, which is down sharply from the number that died in 1856. And absolutely no Dodo birds have died this millnium so far. Knock wood.
First of all, you forget WHO is doing the killing in Iraq.

For the most part, it is the same folks who killed 3,000 Americans on our soil on 9/11, and attacked us many times prior to that, Islamic Extremists.

But then, fighting an enemy who has stated clearly (and ACTED on their statements MANY times by targetting the innocent) that they wish us dead is, in YOUR mind, not worth it.

Yea, end the surge. It's working. And the radical left can't have America WINNING!
It would be really nice if one of you right-wing trolls would post a reply that is actually relevant to the POINT of the post you are commenting on.

This wasn't an end-the-surge post. This was a post about how the media is once again reporting meaningless statistics in support of this administration's objectives without any analytical commentary on how irrelevant the supposed "drop" in deaths is relative to the actual objectives of the surge.

Statistically, a one-month-decrease in the body count is indicative of NOTHING. Especially given that the count itself is tentative. And the deaths are only down due to the fact that they had increased measurably just prior to the completion of the surge.

As for your idiotic comment that these are the same "Islamic Extremists" who killed Americans on 9/11 - I suggest you check the manifests of those planes again. How many of those extremists were Iraqis? How many are alive and fighting in Iraq now?

If you are a Christian, doesn't your logic make you the same "Christian zealot" who was responsible for the Crusades and the Morisco expulsions in Spain in the 15th and 16th centuries?

The insurgents are not all attacking US forces. Most of the deaths in Iraq are Muslims killing Muslims because of sectarianism. So that would be more analogous to the Albigensian Crusade I guess. It's a civil war that we allowed and are now policing. How is that fighting them there so we don't have to here?

I want America to win the war on terror. We can best do that by NOT BEING AFRAID. Also by acknowledging that we fucked up by going into Iraq in the first place. We abandoned the actual war when we forgot all about Afghanistan and the righteous war. And as a consequence, bin Laden is still taunting us from his safe haven in our GWOT ally Pakistan, and Mullah Omar is being given a seat in the Afghani government.
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