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    Friday, October 29, 2004

    100,000 dead -- and counting 

    The folks who continue to justify the Iraq war -- and the way the Bush administration has conducted it -- usually begin (and often end) with the fact that Saddam Hussein was a monster who had killed thousands of his own people -- and the Iraqis are better off with him out of power.

    Now comes a study by the British medical journal Lancet that may undercut even that argument. It concludes that the American invasion has resulted in about 100,000 civilian casualties killed by military action or the violence that has followed. Here is a news story about the study and here is a link to Lancet (you have to register -- it's free) to get its report and comment.

    Even if "freedom" really were "on the march" in Iraq, think that would make much difference if one -- or, most likely, many -- of those 100,000 souls were people you knew and loved?


    posted by Carol Towarnicky at # 1:34 PM




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    On the left: Carol Towarnicky, chief editorial writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, from a liberal point of view.

    On the right: Leo Morris, editorial page editor of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, from a conservative point of view.


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