Our deadly democracy: 225,000 killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan

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Brown University has released a new study:

The cost of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan are estimated at 225,000 lives and up to $4 trillion in U.S. spending, in a new report by scholars with the Eisenhower Research Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. The group’s “Costs of War” project has released new figures for a range of human and economic costs associated with the U.S. military response to the 9/11 attacks.

Bush presidential library protest
Bush presidential library protest
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Bush presidential library protest

Photos above are of bunch of folks protesting the opening of the Bush presidential library.

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, while we stood in the designated “no speech” zone where dissent, once again, would be rendered invisible across a highway from the Bush Library, we gazed out through white death masks, still waiting for justice to be served. We were people who came together once more, from all over the country, to create “The March of the Dead”, now in response to the opening of the Bush Library in Dallas, Texas.

While George W. Bush was being celebrated, honored by the presence of four living presidents, as well as countless dignitaries, we watched as memory was being erased and history rewritten. We came to carry names of some of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq and Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo prisons; names that would never be engraved on the walls of an institution dedicated to the man who gave orders that resulted in their unnecessary loss of life.

We carried the names of civilians and U.S. military and of detainees tortured to death because of war crimes committed by the Bush Administration.

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Phil have you read Joy Gordon’s book, ‘Invisible War’? It’s very thoroughly researched and exhaustive (and leaves you exhausted, because of how hypocritical and evil the sanctions regime was).

Its about the Iraq sanctions.

Even before the Iraq War we were destroying Iraq through the sanctions.

225,000 is a very conservative estimate. Even if you toss out the Johns Hopkins study in 2006 (published in the Lancet) which said 600,000 violent deaths in Iraq and if you ignore the ORB poll which found about 1 million deaths a year later and just restricted oneself to the study published in the NEJM (the Iraq Family Health Survey) covering the period up to early 2006, you still have between 100 and 225,000 violent… Read more »

225,000????? What, now Mondo is going to feed us swill? No mention of the Lancet Report? No mention of the UN report citing 500,000 infant deaths as a direct result of the sanctions? 225,000 deaths is a ridiculously low number, rendered absurd by the disingenuous representation of this being any kind of objective or fact based “study”. If someone actually chooses to be suckered into buying this kinda propaganda, fine. But expecting to sell it… Read more » The Lancet, one of the oldest scientific medical journals in the world, published two peer-reviewed studies on the effect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent occupation on the Iraqi mortality rate. The first was published in 2004; the second (by many of the same authors) in 2006. The studies estimate the number of excess deaths caused by the occupation, both direct (combatants plus non-combatants) and indirect (due to increased lawlessness, degraded infrastructure,… Read more »

Someone please stop us.
Since Americans obviously can’t or won’t stop their own government.
Makes me sick.