Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Troops, Civilians, and President

There were a number of passages yesterday. President Gerald Ford passed away at age 93. May he rest in peace.

Also on December 26, Deaths among American forces in Iraq exceeded the number of civilian deaths (2,973) in the September 11 attacks. If the justification for the Iraq invasion were to somehow avenge the deaths on 9/11, then this number has significance (although a hypothetical "eye for an eye" invasion would presumably focus on the number of enemy civilian deaths). If it were to prevent a similar attack by a different threatening power, then the number is meaningless. If there is no connection to 9/11, even to prevent a future attack by a different threatening power, then every death is unjustified, not just those that exceed 9/11 deaths.

To their credit, it appears that most American journalists are staying away from this sort of anniversary/numbers reporting. CNN and CBS News were the only prominent American reports that I could find in my brief search online. I initially heard the numeric comparison on the Fox News Channel.

2 Comments:

Blogger Derek Jensen said...

Private equity sucker, I mean buyer, found to purchase the Star Tribune.

December 27, 2006 12:18 PM  
Blogger Derek Jensen said...

And during the 2006 cycle, the main partner of Avista, Thompson Dean, contributed $5000 to Giuliani's "Solutions America" and $2,000 to Kathleen Troia McFarland, who ran as a republican against Hilary. This is great news for Minnesota.

The other co-managing partner of Avista, Steven Webster, gave $2000 to Tom Delay in 2004 and $4,000 to Chris Bell in 2006. Bell was the losing Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas in 2006

December 27, 2006 12:27 PM  

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