In light of the new numbers calculating the Iraq civilian death toll to be 1 to 1.2 MILLION people out of a total pre-US invasion population of what I thought to be 31 million, but is more likely to have been 24 to 26 million I wrote a comment last evening on the inestimable nightprowlkitty’s post about us needing to do THE MATH to make some sense of that number.
What was the original Iraq population?
I’m thinking perhaps around 31 million?
Let’s compare – California has what, 37 million citizens?
What cities in Cal. have a population of 1.2 million (the same percentage of 1 million out of 31 million)?
San Jose is at 950,000, and San Diego is at 1,200,000. San Francisco is at about 750,000.
Can you imagine San Francisco gone? San Diego a memory? San Jose just a cinder pile?
On a national basis, the number would climb to 10 million dead. No New York AND Boston AND Hartford?
The numbers aren’t real because we don’t translate them into what we know. Time to do – as Karl Rove says – THE MATH.
This morning, the NY Times’ Bob Herbert speaks to what is being termed a humanitarian crisis.
When the U.S. launched its “shock and awe” invasion in March 2003, the population of Iraq was about 26 million. The flaming horror unleashed by the invasion has since forced 2.2 million of those Iraqis, nearly a tenth of the population, to flee the country. Many of those who left were professionals marked for death – doctors, lawyers, academics, the very people with the skills necessary to build a viable society.
The Iraq Ministry of Health reported that 102 doctors and 164 nurses were killed from April 2003 to May 2006. It is believed that nearly half of Iraq’s doctors have fled. The exodus of health care professionals in a country hemorrhaging from the worst kinds of violence pretty much qualifies as nightmarish.
While more than two million Iraqis have fled to other countries, another two million have been displaced internally. According to the Global Policy Forum, a group that monitors international developments:
But a crisis is not a permanent condition. It is, by its definition, a critical point in time which requires resolution.
n. pl. cri·ses (-sz)
a. A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.
b. An unstable condition, as in political, social, or economic affairs, involving an impending abrupt or decisive change.
2. A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.
3. An emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person’s life.
4. A point in a story or drama when a conflict reaches its highest tension and must be resolved.
[Middle English, from Latin, judgment, from Greek krisis, from krnein, to separate, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: crisis, crossroad, exigency, head, juncture, pass
I believe that what is occurring in Irzq has gone well beyond a crisis and is a full-on disaster – of genocide.
I’ll let the facts of the actions speak for themselves in that argument.
But for now, I’d like to share with you a bit about how it is to try to be a nurse in Iraq. I posted this during the week in May which is celebrated – sort of – in the US as “Nurses’ Week”. I tried to give a flavor for the difference in nursing between military nurses at a CSH in Iraq and their native Iraq civilian counterparts. I haven’t been able to connect with any nurses in Iraq directly, so if you have contacts, please share or forward this so they know they aren’t forgotten.