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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

iraq parity day comes early – civilians count too

someone else has been watching the numbers, and with a slightly different methodology, has determined that we have already had iraq parity day.

by their count, 3015 dead americans in iraq as of september 9, 2006 (2,666 military and 349 civilians), compared to 2,973 on september 11, 2001. congratulations! we won! oh wait. that’s not a good thing…

as usual, reporting the dead iraqi bodies, now at least 41860.

and this gives me an opportunity to link to this news as well…

Iraq justifications faulted [detroit free press, september 9, 2006]

U.S. officials, seeking a way to measure results of a program aimed at decreasing violence in Baghdad, Iraq, aren’t counting scores of dead killed in car bombings and mortar attacks as victims of sectarian violence.

In a distinction previously undisclosed, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said Friday that the United States is including in its tabulations of sectarian violence only deaths of individuals killed in drive-by shootings or by torture and execution.

U.S. officials said the number of deaths from sectarian violence fell by more than 52% in August over July. A morgue official said Friday that violent deaths for August totaled 1,526, down 17.7% from July.

more on iraq parity day here, here and here.

posted by roj at 7:05 pm