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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Dead Beat Gets Serious

Dead Beat sits down at the end of the day and gets very serious. He wants you to read Tim O Brien. Think about it and any other links there may be in Dead Beat's blog to Mr. O' Brien. Then digest this:

"A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.

The estimate, produced by interviewing residents during a random sampling of households throughout the country, is far higher than ones produced by other groups, including Iraq's government.

It is more than 20 times the estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths that President Bush gave in a speech in December. It is more than 10 times the estimate of roughly 50,000 civilian deaths made by the British-based Iraq Body Count research group.

The surveyors said they found a steady increase in mortality since the invasion, with a steeper rise in the last year that appears to reflect a worsening of violence as reported by the U.S. military, the news media and civilian groups. In the year ending in June, the team calculated Iraq's mortality rate to be roughly four times what it was the year before the war.

Of the total 655,000 estimated "excess deaths," 601,000 resulted from violence and the rest from disease and other causes, according to the study."

I don't know, folks. The hope is that literature can stem the tide, but God damn it, you better write to the best of your ability, just in case, and you better know your craft. We are not writing for pleaure but for survival.

Do not underestimate your importance, and do not read Dead Beat too lightly.

1 comment:

Del-ight said...

Amen to that (although I'm not sure I'll ever be a writer. I know I'm not one yet.)!