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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Bush blatantly doesn't value non-US citizens' lives
Here's a quick summary of Bush's continued justification of his war in Iraq:
3,000 of us. 600,000 of them. Sounds about right.

Johns Hopkins says that 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since we invaded. Bush says that's "not a credible report" - his number is closer to 30,000 (and obviously he's the expert, not the Iraqi families that Hopkins surveyed).

But what truly disgusts me about this is the implicit assertion of Bush and the Republicans hawks (and Lieberman) that starting a situation in which hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians die is justified because it makes Americans safer.

How can they so blatantly assert that a U.S. life is worth that much more than an Iraqi life. Even if you imagine that Iraq, not Al-Qaida, had directly attacked us on 9/11 and planned to again (which we all know is incredibly far from the case), wouldn't killing 200 of their civilians for every 1 of ours be deemed an incredibly disproportionate response? Wouldn't Bush be considered a candidate for a war crimes trial at The Hague? Can someone show me the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis that Saddam killed?
posted by CB @ 5:54 PM  
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