GOI: My commentary below:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- More than 2,660 Iraqi civilians were killed in the capital in September amid a wave of sectarian killings and insurgent attacks, an increase of 400 over the month before, according to figures from the Iraqi Health Ministry.
GOI: They lost nearly as many people in one month then we have during the entire war.
The September numbers come as a controversial new study contends that nearly 655,000 Iraqis have died in the three-year-old conflict in Iraq - more than 10 times higher than other independent estimates of the toll.
Bush, who in the past has suggested 30,000 civilian deaths in Iraq, would not give a figure for overall fatalities. "A lot of innocent people have lost their life," he said at a news conference in Washington.
GOI: I am skeptical about he 655k number but I am also just as skeptical (if not more so. I mean how many times have they misled us) of the Bush 30k number. I suspect it is somewhere in between but still on the high end. Either way it's a lot of people. It is the average Iraqi who is paying for this war but then again they're just a comma to Bush. A speed bump on the desperate Bush Republican road to being proven right in the history books. I have the feeling that they'll sacrifice as many people as it takes to be proven right. They brush aside their guilt by claiming that our soldiers are dying for our freedom. How does the average Iraqi threaten our freedom? If that's their arguement then why must they pay so that we can have freedom? Because their death isn't bringing freedom to their country but only more death and chaos. They are paying for our failed policies.
It's not, "we have to fight them there so we don't have to fight them here" but rather "they have to die over there so we don't have to die over here." They are canon fodder so that we can live in our American dream bubble world. The life of the Iraqi citizen is obviously not as important as an American life to these people or we would have left a long time ago. Just imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and that we had just lost 2,660 soldiers in the past month.
Many of these same pro-war folks would be screaming.
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