Monday, March 21, 2005

Truth by Numbers

Q How many American soldiers died while in custody of the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War (i.e., between March 15, 1962 and March 28,1973)?
A 114 -- from all causes

Q How many Iraqi prisoners, i.e., soldiers and civilians, have died while in custody of the United States during the 2 year and counting illegal invasion of Iraq?
A 108 as of March 17, 2005 -- mostly from "violent causes"

Translation:

  • The North Vietnamese killed 114 POWs in captivity over 11 years, or an average of just over 10 per year.

  • The US has killed 108 Iraqi prisoners in 2 years, or an average of 54 per year. The US has killed over 5 times more prisoners per year than North Vietnam did.
  • Look in the mirror, America. Look in the goddamned mirror.
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