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5/22/2013 10:31:00 AM
Did we make Iraq safer?
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Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad May 20. The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church denounced a recent series of car bombings and shootings in Iraqi cities that left at least 54 people dead and dozens more injured.
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Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad May 20. The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church denounced a recent series of car bombings and shootings in Iraqi cities that left at least 54 people dead and dozens more injured.


To the Catholic Sentinel:

Charles Krauthammer’s column, extolling former President George Bush continues the Iraq war’s legacy of deception.

When asked, “How many Iraqi civilians died during the war,” Bush answered, “I heard around 35,000.” The Lancet Study reported Iraq’s death toll exceeded 655,000.  

Before the invasion, Iraq’s mortality rate was 5.5 deaths per 1,000 persons, compared with the post-invasion rate of 13.3 deaths annually.

The Lancet Study details that most deaths were due to air strikes, not field combat.  The official government Iraqi death count is 100,000.

Regarding treasury costs, Harvard and Brown University studies estimate an eventual loss of $4 to $6 trillion for the Iraq and Afghan wars. 

“Historically, the bill for these wars comes many decades later,” the reports state.

Bush promised Iraqi civilians a better life.  Has he really kept them, and us, safer?

Gordon Dickey
Wilsonville





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