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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A very high price

Reuters, October 24:

"The human toll for the U.S. military in the Iraq war is not limited to the nearly 2,000 troops deaths since the March 2003 invasion. More than 15,220 also have been wounded in combat, including more than 7,100 injured too badly to return to duty, the Pentagon said. Thousands more have been hurt in incidents unrelated to combat."

We rarely read about these figures, though they should disturb us as much as the nearly 2000 dead American troops and tens of thousands of murdered Iraqis.

A very high price for a lie.


Blogger Wombat said...

What also goes unmentinoed is that the number of dead American soldeirs does not include private contractors, who in themselves account for the sencond largest force in Iraq.

Also, while I cannot cofirm this, I do believ tha the number of deaths are limited to deaths resulting from enemy fire on the battlefield. The numbers do not include deaths from accients or friendly fire, or deaths of soldiers after they arrive in hospital.

It was Rumsfelds aim to privatise the military for this reason. Needles to say, by keeping numbers down, the government incurs the least political damage.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 1:34:00 pm  

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