Monday, November 01, 2004

Our tyranny of violence

Scott Ritter hits the nail on the head:

...we all are moral cowards when it comes to Iraq. Our collective inability to summon the requisite shame and rage when confronted by an estimate of 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians in the prosecution of an illegal and unjust war not only condemns us, but adds credibility to those who oppose us. The fact that a criminal such as Osama bin Laden can broadcast a videotape on the eve of the US presidential election in which his message is viewed by many around the world as a sober argument in support of his cause is the harshest indictment of the failure of the US and Britain to implement sound policy in the aftermath of 9/11. The death of 3,000 civilians on that horrible day represented a tragedy of huge proportions. Our continued indifference to a war that has slaughtered so many Iraqi civilians, and will continue to kill more, is in many ways an even greater tragedy: not only in terms of scale, but also because these deaths were inflicted by our own hand in the course of an action that has no defence.
I'd also like to draw your attention to a survey from Gulf War I, which estimated approximately 205K deaths.

Both wars were quite dissimilar, so I don't think these numbers are necessarily comparable. They just indicate the US and its allies have killed a huge number of Iraqis in the past decade plus, and this even fails to take into account the "excess deaths" due to the sanctions.

We have much, much to be ashamed of.