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Saturday, December 30, 2006


Quantitative proof: Iraqis were better off under Saddam

After all the bogus reasons, excuses, and rationales for invading Iraq and overthrowing (and finally killing) Saddam Hussein have fallen away, one still remains - we (the noble Americans who have only the best interests of others at heart) wanted to free the Iraqis from a brutal dictator, "give" them democracy, and all in all just make their lives better. Aside from the more than half a million who no longer have any life at all, how are we doin'?

Not so well, obviously, as American reporters and Iraqi bloggers have made quite clear. But we don't need to rely on subjective evaluations, because it turns out there's perfectly quantitative proof - how many Iraqis thought life there was so bad they had to flee the country? Nearly two million Iraqis have fled since March, 2003, with an estimated 100,000 more leaving each month. And under Saddam? Just 280,000.

Life isn't just worse under the U.S. occupation than under Saddam Hussein. It's much worse.

Update: A rare and shameful correction. I couldn't easily find the number of Iraqi expatriates, and I misread that article which gave a number 280,000, which was actually the number registered to vote. According to this article, which I just found, the actual number of Iraqi expatriates as of Feb., 2005 was 2.5 million. That's slightly larger than the number who have left in the last few years, but considering that that was over a considerably longer period of time, the point is still valid. Just not as much.

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