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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Killing from above

The US air war in Iraq is virtually ignored in the Western media. Michael Schwartz, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University, offers a sobering account of this hidden aggression:

"Consider then this gruesome arithmetic: If the U.S. fulfils its expectation of surpassing 150 air attacks per month, and if the average air strike produces the (gruesomely) modest total of 10 fatalities, air power alone could kill well over 20,000 Iraqi civilians in 2006. Add the ongoing (but reduced) mortality due to other military causes on all sides, and the 1,000 civilian deaths per week rate recorded by the Hopkins study could be dwarfed in the coming year.

"The new American strategy, billed as a way to de-escalate the war, is actually a formula for the slaughter of Iraqi civilians."

14 Comments:

Blogger Wombat said...

As Seymour Hersh pointed out, the amoutn of munitions dropped on Iraq in the 16 month persion prior to November 2004 was 2 million. That's more than 150 500 pound bombs being dropped every hour 24/7.

And the war appologists expect us to believe that only 30,000 Iraqi's have been killed?

Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:22:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

The most recent example of this - that I have seen reported - was the bombing of a family home last week which killed six people.

An opponent of the US occupation said, "Once again the occupiers have shown their barbarism."

The political right, the war-mongers, and the 101st fighting keyboardists have been laughing at Vietnam analogies for too long. It's time to pay attention to what's actually happening.

A fella I know, an Aussie serviceman, reckons that the only thing preventing all out civil war in Iraq is the presence of the US troops. Ironically, they are the cause of that insurgency.

No one can see this from Washington. Or else they see it but simply refuse to believe it. It doesn't fit the dream of the brave US liberating the world from its bonds. So they just deny it, and let more people die.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 2:43:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

And what's worse is that the air campaign is ntoonly going relatively unreported, but wil escalate once the US commence their troop withdrawls. The flights take off outside Iraq borders and for practical reaons are not reported by embedded jouronos.

http://www.antiwar.com/engelhardt/?articleid=8371

Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:23:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

The flights take off outside Iraq borders and for practical reaons are not reported by embedded jouronos.

None of whom apparently see the aircraft dropping bombs presumably. They must know what is going on, just can't/won't report it.

On the wide question, it should be remembered that the British controlled Iraq before WW2 almost exclusively with air power, though they had to resort to using chemical weapons occasionally when the populous got agitated enough to ignore high explosives.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:58:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

Aaah being on the side of "good" is so ...I don't know how to describe it.

(why do they hate us?)

Thursday, January 12, 2006 5:06:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addomo

Dude, you really need to understand that the Towelhead doesn't value life as we do. He values DEATH. Give it to him, I say. The overwhelming majority of Towelheads killed by war since WW2 have been caused by other Towelheads.

Iraq is no exception.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:05:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

How about during WW2.
Who killed whom and how many?
Or haven't you studied that yet?

Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:29:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

neoleftychick said...

you really need to understand that the Towelhead doesn't value life as we do. He values DEATH.

Hmm. Yeah, we Europeans value life so much we snuffed out about 20 million lives in WW1, 50 million in WW2, and the US has, with a little help from us, me included, been responsible for about another 10 million plus deaths since 1945, either directly in war, or indirectly by training/supporting dictators, death squads etc!

Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:52:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

Oh, and 6 million jews-without a towelhead in sight!

Thursday, January 12, 2006 8:00:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Neo, that 'Towelhead' stuff is not even funny, so cut it out.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:45:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"Neo, that 'Towelhead' stuff is not even funny, so cut it out."

I won der if this was what she learned from her year of "resarch".

Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:52:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addamo

It is a very efficient word that both accurately describes the sight and conveys immediately who we are talking aboout.

Friday, January 13, 2006 1:21:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Neo, have you met any "Towelheads" during your research? How do you address them?

Friday, January 13, 2006 1:32:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

leftve

I address them by the first name, as I would anybody else.

Friday, January 13, 2006 1:53:00 pm  

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