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Disturbing number

I wonder how others feel about the recent study by the respected British medical journal Lancet, which found that 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed in the war, principally by coalition air strikes.

That ought to be a disturbing number, to say the least. Our loss of 3,000 civilians in the 9/11 attacks against the United States, with a population of 280 million, amounted to one American out of every 93,000. Iraq’s loss of 100,000 from its population of 23 million means that in our efforts to liberate them, we’ve killed one of every 230 Iraqi civilians.

Put another way, if the “collateral damage” we’ve inflicted on the Iraqis were applied to our population, we’d have lost 1 1/4 million citizens, more than our military losses in all American wars combined. Is this enough to make any of us rethink what we’re doing in Iraq?

Jeff Kane

Nevada City