Iraq - A Bloody Mess - Part 2

#1
Read Part 1 first...

Then and now

Average daily attacks by insurgents

Pre-war March 2003: 0

Handover June 2004: 45

Now: 70

Analysis:

Figures should be viewed with caution because US military often does not record attacks if there are no American casualties.

Total number of coalition troops killed

Pre-war March 2003: 0

Handover June 2004: 982

Now: 1,930

Analysis:

Number of US troops killed increased sharply during Fallujah fighting in April and November 2004.

Iraqi civilians killed

Pre-war March 2003: n/a

Handover June 2004: 10,000

Now: 60,800 (includes 23,000 crime-related deaths)

Analysis:

Estimates of Iraqi civilian deaths have varied widely because the US military does not count them.

Electricity supply (megawatts generated)

Pre-war March 2003: 3,958

Handover June 2004: 4,293

Now: 4,035

Analysis:

Coalition is way behind its goal of providing 6,000 megawatts by July 2004. Most Iraqis do not have a reliable electricity supply.

Unemployed

Pre-war March 2003: n/a

Handover June 2004: 40%

Now: 40%

Analysis:

More than a third of young people are unemployed, a cause for social unrest. Many security men stay home, except on payday.

Telephones

Pre-war March 2003: 833,000 (landlines only)

Handover June 2004: 1.2m (includes mobiles)

Now: 3.1m

Analysis:

Landlines are extremely unreliable and mobile phone system could be improved.

Primary school access

Pre-war March 2003: 3.6m

Handover June 2004: 4.3m

Now: n/a

Analysis:

83 per cent of boys and 79 per cent of girls in primary schools. But figures mask declining literacy and failure rate.

Oil production (barrels a day)

Pre-war March 2003: 2.5m

Handover June 2004: 2.29m

Now: 2.20m

Analysis:

Sustainability of Iraqi oilfields has been jeopardised to boost output. Oil facilities regularly targeted by insurgents.
Who is being blamed for what here? It seems to me that the compiler of this 'incisive' piece of reportage has failed to include the unquantifiable - the fact that a whole generation of Iraqis will be able to grow up with a far more pleasant and hopeful future in store. Note how the list manages to firmly place the onus on thecoalition, even when there has been a significant improvement...

There is no doubt that we still have a long way to go in Iraq, but it is hardly as bleak as this would have you believe.

Numbers of phones? Is that really the measure of progress in the 21st century? :evil:
 
#2
saw this as well, and it should be expected. We must remember that if anything the "Independent", well it isn't! Deluded lefties, who would rather see a return of a dictator simply because he opposes US interest, is for them, par for the course. Let us remember that the Indie and the Guiarnd use to wax lyrically about the decadence of western capitalism as opposed to the "socialist workers paradise" that was Communist Europe. For the first few years after the wall came down, these same "pillars of truth" would critise efforts by the central european nations to move towards democracy.

Interesting points in the article (if in general, its a load of hairy bullocks!)

Combat indicators:

Average of attacks by insurgents: Their analysis "figures should be viewed with caution beacuase of the US..." Really! how about, figures were 0 Pre-war, because Saddam use to wipe out any village with chemical weapons if any insurgency was even suspected"

Total Nubmer of Coalition troops killed:

pre war - Nil - D'uh, do ya think!

(My favourite) Iraqi civilians killed:

Pre war - N/A REALLY! now why would that be. Does N/A stand for not applicable, not available or no account taken?

Indie comment: "Est of Iraqi civilian deaths have varied widely becuase the US military does not count them". Two points, first, blatantly wrong statement, as the US military does count them (but that might make the US look as if it actually cares, couldn't have that now) and secondly, the most obvious Analysis would be "Numbers of Iraqi civilians deaths are not available due to the fact that President Saddam reckons its none of your business, and any more smart questions from you, Mr western journalist and you can come and see our interrogation rooms first hand!"

I could go on, but it would just make my blood pressure rise.

On would hope that this sort of pathetic article would have been rejected by a university, let alone a "respected" newspaper, but unfortunately in the world of leftie yank bashing, anything goes!
 
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Plastic Yank said:
Average of attacks by insurgents: how about, figures were 0 Pre-war, because Saddam use to wipe out any village with chemical weapons if any insurgency was even suspected
well, once anyway, and that was because it was a Kurdish village rather than a hotbed of insurgency.
 

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