These ordinary Iraqis were victims of senseless
violence. Were they killed by an American bomb or
a Saudi suicide bomber? Hint: IraqBodyCount
doesn't want you to know.
Our staff sometimes hears from people
who complain - in hit and run fashion - about the "tens of
thousands" of innocent Iraqis killed by "American cluster bombs" and
other instruments of destruction that the "occupiers" are supposedly
dropping on Saddam Hussein's once idyllic "Muslim land."
Sometimes the claims run into the hundreds of thousands.
Sometimes even the millions.
Usually the critics are
just sanctimonious types who use these ridiculous numbers to trash
America, since that seems to make them feel better about themselves.
At times, however, they are upfront about their support for the
"insurgents," which (as we demonstrate here) is an extreme irony.
In fact, terrorist
leaders in Iraq keep the conflict going by recruiting Muslims with
videos and other propaganda that imply the Americans are killing
Iraqi civilians. This, in turn, creates more dead Iraqis.
But, enter IraqBodyCount.net,
an anti-war organization that was envisioned even before the Iraq
War began, with the heady ambition of documenting each and every
victim of American aggression in order to turn public opinion
against the action to remove Saddam (let's just say they aren't too
concerned about the hundreds of mass graves unearthed from the
Somewhere along the way,
however, the harsh reality began to sink in that America was acting
as no other country in history has ever acted to prevent civilian
casualties in warfare. As a matter of fact, more American
troops have been killed in the conflict than have civilians
been killed by Americans. Americans are literally taking casualties
to prevent casualties on the part of Iraqi civilians.
Though mere mortals might
be prompted to reconsider their prejudices at this point, the folks
at IraqBodyCount reacted by quietly changing their
mission to include the victims of terrorists - the very
people that the Americans are trying to stop. Their
dubious body-count even
includes members of the Iraqi security forces, who are part of the
In other words, people
who are killed trying to stop terrorists are counted as victims of
their own effort - as if deadly attacks against the innocent should
be tolerated by those in a position to discourage it. Of course, no one thinks
this way in real life. Who would lay the blame for rape
victims at the feet of those who campaign against sexual
Another big problem with
IraqBodyCount's statistics is that it even include the terrorists
themselves. Enemy combatants in Iraq don't wear uniforms or
carry ID cards, and all it takes for someone to make the list is to
wind up in a hospital or morgue from "the effects of trauma." How many true
civilians were really "killed by Americans" at Fallujah?
Probably very few.
Look further and you'll
also find that one out of every 50 "war victims" on the list
actually came from a stampede at a religious festival on a single
day, August 31,2005, that neither the Americans, Iraqi security
forces, nor even the terrorists were anywhere near. No doubt
the Americans are somehow responsible for Hajj stampedes in Mecca as
Unfortunately, few of the people who quote IraqBodyCount's sensational numbers
(or even the wilder figures from other sources that are obvious
products of invention) bother to put much thought
what they really represent. Fewer still choose to drill into
the data to discover the identity of those who kill.
In fact, if you do make
it through the donation solicitation pages on the main site and begin to browse their database, you'll
notice that the tables are conspicuously missing a column - the
party responsible for each attack.
There's a reason for
this, as we discovered when we analyzed each incident to answer this question. It turns out that the
vast majority of
civilian deaths are caused by Islamic terrorists, and that very few
are from American bombs and bullets. This is because (unlike
the terrorists) the Americans aren't in Iraq to kill civilians.
IraqBodyCount vilify Americans, who are literally giving their
blood to help Iraqis, while protecting the activities of foreign
terrorists, who enter the country specifically to kill civilians? Because the website and the terrorists both share an
anti-American political agenda to which the
lives of innocent Iraqis are nothing more than a supporting prop.
In fact, Iraqis are
mere statistics to these folks. And since the
value of these statistics is substantially mitigated by presenting the full truth,
IraqBodyCount wisely avoids identifying each incident by
Since our sympathies are
merely for the innocent, and not filtered by anti-American bigotry, we decided to sift
through the data to discover the information that IraqBodyCount
doesn't want you to know. We carefully examined their list
of incidents from January 1, 2006 through December 31st to come up with some
idea of who's really behind all those alleged civilian casualties.
Obviously it would have been easier
to do this if IraqBodyCount kept track of the party responsible for each attack
rather than, say, the time of day that it took place, but (as we
found out) this extremely pertinent information completely
undermines their preferred
conclusions and so it is omitted (to the indifference of fawning new
Despite this imprecise
science, we feel confident in our general findings.
beginning of the year, we counted exactly fifty incidents involving
U.S. troops in which civilians were said to have been killed.
Some were air strikes against terrorists, others were raids against
or ambushes by terrorists in which civilians were killed in the
crossfire. Although the Americans aren't trying to
kill civilians and the terrorists are, we added most of these to our count
anyway just to allay suspicion.
There were thousands of
Islamic terrorist attacks in Iraq during 2006. IraqBodyCount often uses a
"who really gives a rat's ass" method of counting deaths that
even they have to admit contains overlap, so it's difficult to discern the true number
of dead bodies from the beginning of the year, but the site appears to be reporting
between 18,000 and 26,000 civilians killed (so much for accuracy). What's clearer is that only
about 225 of
these involve American troops - or about 1 in 100.
So far, there have only
been three or four incidents since the war began that involve non-combatants killed
intentionally by American criminals - all of of which were deplored
and prosecuted by the U.S. (By contrast, Muslim terrorists commit more
atrocities than that against the innocent every single day with
extreme malice). The relatively small number of deaths attributed to the
Americans are either accidental or a
result of the collateral damage from a targeted attack against
terrorists that saved lives in the long run.
The wide moral
distinction between collateral damage against terrorists and the
intentional murder of civilians is not done justice merely by
counting bodies. Anyone who pretends not to understand this is
either a fool or a liar.
Since the terror campaign
in Iraq is fueled by propaganda, publicizing the truth about the
extraordinary measures that American troops are taking to protect
civilian life would almost certainly prevent more civilians from
being killed. In 2006, the number of civilians who died in
encounters between the Americans and the terrorists was about four
times lower than the number of U.S. troops killed.
In short, civilians in
Iraq aren't dying from the war. They are being murdered by
And by the way,
what's with all those IraqBodyCount pleas for donations? TROP
covers far more territory with far less people and you don't see us
begging for money at every turn like a junkie with the shakes...
(although your support
is truly appreciated).
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