sexta-feira, fevereiro 03, 2006

Iraq: "going down"

A newly rebuilt hospital elevator fell in Iraq, killing three. The tip of the iceberg of corruption and fraud happening in Iraq. Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins gives an interesting recap of why I stand against the war in Iraq - not to mention the WMD smoking gun:

- terrorist attacks grew to 77 per day Dec 05 from 55 a year before;
- Iraq is producing less oil, less electricity and its elites are fleeing chaos.
- This war costs the US $1 billion/week (251 billion so far; Joseph Stiglitz - Nobel prize winner - estimates $1 to $2 trillion. He has a very interesting article on the Economic Costs of War - read it here, PDF file)
- It has killed over 2.200 american soldiers and a schocking number of civilians (30.000?).
- "So far, we've boosted the electoral results for Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon and, next, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt", as Ivins put it.

2 comentários:

A. Cabral disse...

The bit about the elites fleeing isn't all that bad.

The british medial journal Lancet estimated a year ago that deaths due to the war and ocuppation would be in the band of 30,000 to 200,000. They Lancet paper factored loss of medical coverage and such like. The 30,000 you mention I think refers only to violent deaths (bombings of the "mother of all coalitions" and the insurgency)?

Chicago Boy disse...

30,000 is the figure put forward by Iraq body count, and it tries to be as trustworthy as possible. But there may be a lot more casualties. By elites I mean doctors, university professors and the like. And that's dead serious...