Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Terror-ible War

We're coming up on 5 years since 9/11. The UK Independent takes stock of "The Great Decider's" progress in freeing the world from terror.
Far from ending terrorism, George Bush's tactics of using overwhelming military might to fight extremism appear to have rebounded, spawning an epidemic of global terrorism that has claimed an estimated 72,265 lives since 2001, most of them Iraqi civilians. [...]

A US led-invasion swept away the Taliban regime in a matter of weeks, and did the same to Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party in 2003, but far from bringing stability and democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq, the outcome has been one of constant warfare. Yesterday hundreds of Nato troops, backed by warplanes and helicopter gunships, were involved in the offensive on the area, southwest of Kandahar, that has been a centre of Taliban resistance.
Over 30,000 of those deaths were at the hands, for whatever reason, of the US and its allies. And you know the official numbers are always low. No amount of politically expedient PR warfare is going to change the effect of that. Every time an innocent dies, at least three terrorists are born.

Anybody feeling safer yet?
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Blogger Left of Center said...

A British News agency had a scientificly deduced study done and it concluded that over 100,000 civilian deaths can be attributed to the war in iraq. Most people are buried quickly and dont find themselves in the presents of an offical body counter. our tax dollars at work.

2:29:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yeah I'm certain that study, which was done some time ago I believe, is much more accurate than the official numbers. I'm assuming the death count is reaching closer to 200,000 Iraqis by now.

9:41:00 AM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

I've read numerous articles quoting radical religious figures all over the Middle East who claim that America's misadventures in the Middle East have been the best recruiting tool they've ever experienced.

9:11:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

How could it not be Kvatch? Who wouldn't fight against injustice? I'm such an empath that it astounds me when people can't put themselves in the other side's shoes for a moment and think how they might react if their family were innocent victims of an occupation by a foreign country.

10:12:00 PM  

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