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WSJ: 12,000 Heroes (Iraqi civilians killed by jihadists)
Wall Street Journal ^ | June 10, 2005 | Editorial

Posted on 06/10/2005 5:36:29 AM PDT by OESY

Ever since the beginning of major combat operations in Iraq in March 2003, the media have kept a precise count of U.S. casualty figures, which now stand at nearly 1,700 killed and more than 6,400 wounded. There's also been plenty of tendentious speculation about the number of Iraqis killed by coalition action, the purpose of which is to cast Iraq's liberation as an unmitigated horror for Iraqis.

What has not been so carefully tracked, however, is the number of Iraqis killed by insurgent violence: the worshippers murdered as they pray in their mosques, the ranks of unemployed mowed down as they stand in line at government recruitment offices, and so on. We read about such incidents nearly every day but never see the cumulative death toll, perhaps because the cause of ordinary Iraqis finds few champions among trendy Western human-rights organizations.

Now the government of Iraq has gone and done that favor for itself. Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr released statistics last week showing that some 12,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed by insurgents in the last 18 months. Of these victims, the overwhelming majority have been Iraqi Shiites, indicating that what al Jazeera and friends call the "resistance against U.S. occupation" is in fact a jihadist and Baathist attack against the country's democratic government. "I have not seen any 'resistance,'" Mr. Jabr told the Washington Post. "There is terror, and all sides have agreed that anyone raising guns and killing Iraqis is a terrorist."

Too bad some of our own politicians can't show as much moral clarity. Too bad, too, that every time we magnify every U.S. misdeed in Iraq, real or fabricated, we turn our gaze from the real source of the country's misery.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: baathists; deathtoll; innocentcivilians; iraq; jabr; jazeera; jihadists; shiites

1 posted on 06/10/2005 5:36:30 AM PDT by OESY
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To: OESY

every time the "resistance" intentionally kills an innocent iraqi it proves that it has LOST the argument. Now it is just trying to force it's way (back) into power.


2 posted on 06/10/2005 5:54:46 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: OESY
Even if you were to double or triple that figure of Iraqi casualties, it is nothing compared to the mass graves being unearthed in the deserts around the country. I've felt for some time now that the MSM conveniently ignores the atrocities and the crimes against humanity committed by Saddam and his government while they wring their hands over the treatment of the criminals at Gitmo.
3 posted on 06/10/2005 5:58:43 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Dawgs off the coffee table.)
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To: Thebaddog

But!! I thought that it was us killing all of the innocent?


4 posted on 06/10/2005 6:10:55 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ('We voted like we prayed")
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To: OESY

Bumping for later reading.


5 posted on 06/10/2005 7:22:00 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Terri Schindler wasn't in PVS, justice was!!!!!)
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