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but, .....I repeat myself.
Suppose you were a heartless bastard, and suppose you were a Republican, but, .....I repeat myself. Mark Twain
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Obsidian Wings: Uncomfortably Numb
In reference to the Obsidian Wings: Uncomfortably Numb

The war in Iraq by the numbers: Casualties: As of Friday, at least...

Casualties: As of Friday, at least 1,653 members of the U.S. military had died since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. Additionally, 179 from other coalition nations had been killed.

Private contractors: At least 305 death claims have been reported by the U.S. Department of Labor for private contractors killed working in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein's government.

Deaths under new government: At least 652 people have been reported killed by insurgents since Iraq's first democratically elected government was announced April 28. They include 588 Iraqi civilians and security force members, 61 U.S. military personnel, a British soldier and two U.S. contract workers.

Car bombings: Since the government was formed, at least 91 car bombings have killed at least 291 people and wounded at least 800.

Foreign hostages: Since the war began, at least 13 Americans have been taken hostage; three have been killed, four remain in captivity, four were freed or escaped and two are missing. In total, more than 200 foreigners, including Americans, have been taken hostage since the war began.

Telephones: By April 2005 the number of telephone subscribers, including cell phones and land lines, rose to 3,172,771 from 833,000 before the war, according to the Brookings Institution.

Internet: The number of Internet subscribers as of March 2005 rose to 147,076 from an estimated 11,000 before the war, according to Brookings.

Electricity: In May 2005 the average hours of electricity used per day nationwide fell to 8.8 from 11 in May 2004, according to Brookings.

You forgot to count all the other poor saps who got their asses blown away because a bunch of idiots had war fever, but now that the war isn't working out as well as it did in their fantasies, I don't see them volunteering to go fight in Iraq.

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