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Home >> Opinion
UPDATED: 17:31, October 13, 2006
Faced with merciless, bloody figures
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Several hundred innocent people are losing their lives daily at Mesopotamia, a southwest Asian region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which was one of the birthplaces of ancient civilizations, when people of the modern civilization can hardly put up with scenes of violence in electronic games.

The Washington Post on Oct. 11 quoted a survey to report that about 655,000 Iraqis have died from the Iraq War which started over three years ago, exceeding previous estimates. About 600,000 people died from violence, most commonly gunfire but an increasing number from car bombs. That means 2.5 percent of the Iraqi population had died because of the invasion and ensuring strife. Confronted with these harsh figures, some people suspect the figures have been released by certain political forces out of their consideration for the American mid-term elections. At a White House news conference, President George W. Bush said, "I don't consider it a credible report. Neither does General George Casey (the supreme commanding officer of the US forces in Iraq) and neither do Iraqi officials."

An official of a human rights observation group in New York acknowledged that people should not doubt the accuracy of these figures since the survey report has been provided by a noted Iraqi doctor and an epidemiologist from John Hopkins Bloomberge School of Public Health.

Moreover, although US Defense Department officials say that it was difficult for them to offer accurate Iraqi civilian casualty figures at present, Associated Press reported more than 2,660 civilians were killed in the capital of Baghdad in September amid a wave of sectarian killings and insurgent attacks, based on the relevant information provided by the Iraqi Health Ministry.

Despite the occurrence of possible errors in a door-to-door survey of 1,849 families in 18 Iraqi regions conducted by researchers, the casualties of nearly 3,000 families can raise the annual death rate to 13.3 per thousand from the past 5.5 per thousand. Faced with these bloody figures, the matter of urgency for those involved in the war is how to curb and halt bloodshed instead of defending and justifying what they are doing in Iraq, as clashes with bloodshed are no games.

By People's Daily Online


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