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Friday, Sept. 24, 2004 - 2:37 a.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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If America Was Iraq, What Would it Be Like?
OK, after you have read my last entry about funloving felons and misdemeanors in the past, I would like to steer you to this article by Juan Cole, professor of history at University of Michigan:
"Wednesday, September 22, 2004
If America were Iraq, What would it be Like?
President Bush said Tuesday that the Iraqis are refuting the pessimists and implied that things are improving in that country.
What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number.
Thus, violence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last week? That is a number greater than the deaths on September 11, and if America were Iraq, it would be an ongoing, weekly or monthly toll.
And what if those deaths occurred all over the country, including in the capital of Washington, DC, but mainly above the Mason Dixon line, in Boston, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco?
What if the grounds of the White House and the government buildings near the Mall were constantly taking mortar fire? What if almost nobody in the State Department at Foggy Bottom, the White House, or the Pentagon dared venture out of their buildings, and considered it dangerous to go over to Crystal City or Alexandria?
What if all the reporters for all the major television and print media were trapped in five-star hotels in Washington, DC and New York, unable to move more than a few blocks safely, and dependent on stringers to know what was happening in Oklahoma City and St. Louis? What if the only time they ventured into the Midwest was if they could be embedded in Army or National Guard units?"
That is just the start of it, please go here to read the rest: If America Were Iraq, What Would it be Like?"
And here is what i wrote the friend who sent that to me:
"That is beautiful.
That is the kind of flip I often do when thinking of an issue. "if this were someone else, how would we feel?"..
Like Americans would be thrilled if Canada did a shock and awe attack on the US to get rid of the monster George W. Bush, prior friend and trading partner, but a threat to world security (and we even know that in the States we WOULD find arsenals of WMD) and then occupied it til a friendly govt of exiled Americans could be installed?
Would they fight the Canadians? Wouldn't they be glad to get rid of a president who ruined their civil liberties and hacked all the Amendments to the Constitution in one fell swoop, and who had at his election less than half of popular vote? Wouldn't they greet us in the streets as liberators?
Wouldn't they be happy when we gave the contracts for rebuilding America after bombing it to
countries friendly with Canada? Cuba probably could supply cheap labour, and Mexico, and I know alot of Canadians who would be happy to rebuild the US and be paid for it.
Yup, Americans would smile and nod and not do ANYTHING punitive to the Canadian liberators I am sure. Esp with their "Right to Bear Arms" fanaticism."
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