Thursday, May 18, 2006


Maybe it's time to withdraw from Baltimore, and Atlanta, and Washington DC. After 230 years of fighting, maybe it's time to admit that the American Revolutionary War is unwinnable.

This chart comes from Rep. Steve King of Iowa. One problem with these numbers however: The figure for Iraq is not actually the "violent death rate". It is the rate of violent death from war. To get a "violent death rate" for Iraq one would need to add in the civil homicide rate. On the other hand, CNN and BBC do not distinguish between innocent "people" and terrorist "militants" normally, so maybe the numbers in the chart are accurate. Besides, terrorists (those blowing up and decapitating civilians in Iraq) are just criminals, right?


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