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Counting the cost of "success" October 23, 2006

Posted by Al in : politics , trackback

President Bush has declared that the success of the ongoing occupation of Iraq should not be measures by the body count, but should instead be measured by the improvements in the lives of the Iraqi people. Interest given the following:

$30-40bn spent on reconstruction

None Hospitals built since invasion

200 Doctors and pharmacists murdered

15,000 Doctors who have fled abroad

3,000 out of 18,000 schools refurbished

5,000 Extra schools needed

24,000 Pupils who have fled abroad

72 Iraqi civilian fatalities reported yesterday

US casualties

2,784 killed

71 this month

Iraqi police casualties

4,000 killed

8,000 wounded in the past two years

3,000 Iraqi policemen sacked this month

Kind of makes you wonder where that $30-40bn has been spent really. Especially as if you’re an Iraqi and you’re seriously injured, always a strong possibility these days, then you’re now almost certain to die as health-care is virtually non-existent due to lack of resources.


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