Friday, May 2, 2008
P.S. We are fighting in two wars.
The New York Daily News and the New York Post, the 7th and 11th largest circulation newspapers in the nation have front page headlines about Uma Thurman this morning.
Last month in Iraq, more American soldiers died than any time since September, 2007--a total of 46. The death to casualty ratio in this war has run at about 1:9--so about 400 American boys were wounded. These aren't playground scrapes and bruises, these are missing limbs and eyes.
I cannot even find information about our war in Afghanistan (a nation no one--not Alexander, not the Romans, not the Ottomans, not the British, not the Russians) have ever subdued. They want to grow their poppies, fuck their yaks and be left in peace.
Here are some things to think about they may be more important than Uma Thurman.
Eight Pre-War Claims Refuted:
• No weapons of mass destruction of any kind were found in Iraq.
• No mobile biological weapons labs were found in Iraq.
• Iraq did not seek to acquire yellowcake uranium from Africa.
• The aluminum tubes were not suitable for nuclear weapons development.
• Mohamed Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker, did not meet with Iraqi intelligence in Prague.
• Iraq did not provide chemical weapons training to al-Qaeda.
• There was no collaborative relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda.
• The implication that Iraq was involved in the attacks of 9/11 was untrue.
The Costs of War:
• After four years, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has brought with it more than 100,000 civilian and military deaths.
• Millions of Iraqis have been displaced from their homes. Nearly 2,000,000 have fled the country.
• Untold numbers of people have been mentally and physically wounded.
• War expenditures have exceeded $500 billion.
Posted by george tannenbaum at 8:39 AM