A Tale of Two Reports
Yes, many people have died.
I spin between numbness and anger and horror and amazement when I think about Iraq and the Middle East. Which unfortunately I do all too often. I am numb that so much blood has been shed in my name. I am angry at myself and my fellow Americans for allowing this to happen. I am horrified that it is going to get worse before it gets better. And finally, I am amazed at how blase most Americans are about the killing done in their name.
On the plus side, the horror unleashed by the US in Iraq just got a little bit harder to deny, at least for those still in some contact with what scientists call the reality. Internal British government documents show that the methodology used in last October’s Lancet study on deaths in Iraq was “robust.” In other words, the British government knew the study was good science even while they publicly claimed that the study was not anywhere near accurate. This is the study about which Bush said “I don’t consider it a credible report.”
This pretty much sums up the pro-war crowd. If it’s bad news, they deny it. This also pretty much sums up why we are losing the war in Iraq, and why it’s going to get worse before it gets better. If you only believe what you want to believe, your enemies will run rings around you. It didn’t work for Hitler and it won’t work for Bush. This is why 20,000 rag tag insurgents have been fighting the once feared American Army for four years in Iraq. They have infinitely better intelligence about what is going on in Iraq, both because they live there, and because they aren’t in a fantasy world of denial.
Speaking of reports, another report just came out that is very curious. Interpol has just released their first annual report on terror attacks in Europe. Front page news one would think, considering the whole war on terror thing and how the evil Muslims are going to kill us all in our sleep. Why wasn’t it on the top of the Drudge Report for God’s sake? One would think nearly 500 terror attacks in Western Europe would be cause for major media attention? Doesn’t this justify Bush’s war on Terror? Well, there’s a problem. Exactly one (count it) attack was by Islamists. And it didn’t kill anyone. In fact out of the 498 “terror attacks” in the European Union in 2006, exactly two people were killed. And this was in a attack by Basque separatists.
These two reports pretty much sum up Bush’s whole War on Terror. Hundreds of thousands of people are dead in Iraq, and the “Muslim Threat,” which the pro war folks breathlessly assure me will completely take over Europe any day now, managed one terror attack that killed or injured no one. Yeah, this is a war of civilizations. Insert rolled eyes here. And coming soon to a blog near you, a list of Pentagon lies. It’s going to be a challenge to fit it in one blog post, but it’s worth it.
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