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Aug 30 2009

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Book review

 I’m almost finished with Charles Pierce’s “Idiot America — How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free” (Doubleday, June 2009).  Just read the chapter on the 9-11 fiasco and the “sexing up” of the Iraq war and I’m so angry right right now that I feel compelled to share the following links with this list (again)…

 http://icasualties.org/oef/ (1,347 coalition fatalities since 2001 in Afhanistan; who knows how many civilians?)

http://icasualties.org/Iraq/index.aspx (4,654 coalition “of the willing” killed in Iraq, 185 suicides, 31,156 US wounded)

 http://icasualties.org/Iraq/iraqideaths.aspx (46,164 Iraqi civilians, 7,398 Iraqi police/military — all since April 28, 2005)

 http://www.iraqbodycount.org/database/ (93,022 – 101,519 total civilian deaths in Iraq)

 …and who knows what the statistics are for our Blackwater-type mercenaries (now conveniently rebranded as “Xe Services”).

 The old lie: “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”

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