One Million “Commas”

The Nation revisits the question: How many Iraqis have died from Bush’s Iraq war?

Answer: About one million.

Money quote:

[B]etween 800,000 and 1.3 million “excess deaths” as we approach the six-year anniversary of this war.

That’s a lot of Hegelian commas.

As a reminder, here’s what then-President Bush (in 2006) said about the bloodshed in Iraq:

I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is—my point is, there’s a strong will for democracy.

In a way, of course, Bush is right—that is, if he is comfortable being right with Stalin, who famously said:

One death is a tragedy; a million deaths are a statistic.

And what about the American deaths? “Oh, momma, I died for a comma?”:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to One Million “Commas”

  1. And he wondered why someone through a shoe at him? He’s lucky it wasn’t a grenade.

  2. pochp says:

    Very good comparison.

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