March 8, 2008

CRUSADING ON THE CHEAP:

Safer Than ’Nam (The source: “Mortality of American Troops in the Iraq War” by Emily Buzzell and Samuel H. Preston, Sept. ­2007, Population and Development Review)

Overall, the death rate of military personnel in Iraq is about four per 1,000 per year, roughly three times that of Americans of similar age at home. The Vietnam War mortality rate among American troops was nearly 22 per 1,000, five times that for the war in Iraq. The ratio of dead to wounded in Iraq is only about a third of what it was in Southeast Asia because wounded soldiers get faster and better care.

And Joseph Stiglitz estimates that the six years of war has cost us just 20% of one year's GDP. Such trivial costs in men and material heighten the moral question of how we can justify not changing evil regimes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2008 8:53 AM
Comments

Outrageous abuse of language. Gulf War Two was over in a few days. What has followed has been protracted occupation, marked by bandit activity.

It is "war" only in a metaphorical sense, sort of like a "war on poverty." Do we say that Israel is still at "war" with the Palistinians?

The benefit of the conquest and occupation of Iraq is far, far beyond that of simple regime change in one country. Rather, the didactic, exemplary effects of the operation have been profound.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 8, 2008 11:43 AM

Yes, Israel is at war with the Palestinians as we were at war with the Indians for three centuries.

Posted by: oj at March 8, 2008 3:23 PM

Welcome back to Kipling's World.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 8, 2008 4:51 PM

Israel at war with the Palestinins? That error brings out the metaphorical, figurative, analogous way the word "war" is being misused here.

We recall that the Spartan governors ritually declared "war" agaist the Helots to legitimize killing them at will. http://www.csun.edu/~hcfll004/krypteia.htm That is not what is going on in Israel.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 8, 2008 6:20 PM

Israel occupies territory but shies from killing the Helots and so is at war.

Posted by: oj at March 8, 2008 6:22 PM
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