Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Send me to Iraq (where I'll be safe)

The U.S. military suffered 16 deaths in Iraq in January. Of those, 12 were from accidents. By comparison, the Rochester murder rate for a recent year was 58 among 218,000 residents. Thus, if the 152,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq were living near me, we'd expect them to suffer 3.4 murders a month, barely lower than the 4 combat deaths last month.

How do you say, "the war is over" in Arabic?


cory said...

الحرب انتهت
or something like that.

Tim said...

Heh...and Generational Dynamics believe that the "Iraqi War" was vastly misinterpreted. Meaning...if we had left them alone, there would have been no war, and no crisis over here either. In another words, the best way to interpret the protests and other things like that in Iraq and Iran is to compare it to our 1960's, not their 1990's.

If you get that -- it is totally unsurprising that it is safer over there!

Chops said...

I find that argument a little hard to swallow. I don't think Iraq is similar to Iran now or the U.S. in 1960. Sometimes there are forces bigger than generational dynamics.

barnzo said...

dont you speak arabic?