26 October 2005

2,000 Deaths And The Media

Moment of disgust: Today's mainstream media is once again asserting its ideological identity by celebrating the 2,000 dead soldiers in Iraq.

Here Is Some Perspective On US Casualties In Iraq:

Of course, there is a big difference between "ordinary" deaths and military deaths in war. So here are some statistics to compare on American military fatalities in modern wars. According to a site that tracks such information, the fatalities rates, including killed-in-action and non-battle deaths, were:

For World War I, over 6,100 per month.
For World War II, over 9,200 per month.
In Korea, over 900 were killed each month (non-battle death information is not available).
For Vietnam, over 600 per month.
For Gulf War I, almost 300 in one month.

The first Gulf War was noted for its remarkably low casualties. In comparison, an average of 53 died each month in this war.

Today the mainstream media reports each death in an horroring and repeating fashion. We learn of the deaths in the morning newspapers, hears about it on radio on the way to work, sees it on CNN during lunch time, on the internet and the cycle repeats itself for few more hours in the evening, topped off by News Night on CNN. The effect is that each death is bigger than the reason of why we are there fighting, such as toppling a murderous dictatorship, defeating a sponsor of terrorism and bringing freedom to an oppressed people.

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