This week in U.S. occupied Iraq:
- The U.S. spent 2 Billion Dollars on our ongoing occupation.
- 237 civilians killed, including:
- Baiji: US forces kill 4 civilians inside their car. October 18.
- Diwaniya: multi-national headquarters come under mortar attack, clashes between militia and multi-national forces ensue, followed by US shelling -5 civilians killed, 2 of them children under the age of 3. October 15.
- Riyadh: 3 members of Awakening Council die in US shelling. October 14.
- Total violent civilian deaths in Baghdad this week: 68
All information from Iraq Body Count
Truth is, I caught myself this week gradually making this less real. To witness: I said to myself and others at least 3 different times this week, with a grin on my face, "Hey, could be worse, we could be in Baghdad." In the interest of counteracting this tendency:
Question to consider: With whom are the 160,000 U.S. troops deployed in Iraq having sex? And what are the long term consequences of the the answers to this question?
The rate of violent deaths per capita in Iraq over the last 4 years is approximately 4 times higher than that in the United States. so what would it look like in Seattle, for instance, if we had 4 times as many violent deaths? Scary, I guess.
Note to self: Take steps to start learning Arabic. What advantage did white americans who spoke vietnamese have in the 1960/1970's have in terms of helping to end the war?
Here's a really enlightening round table discussion about Iraq, four years after invasion
A couple images:
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