I've never been a fan of Saddam Hussein- during his reign over Iraq, he was responsible for some of the more horrific atrocities that the middle east has ever seen. The number of people who met their deaths at his hands will never be exactly known, but if one does a tad of arithmetic, adds up the body counts from known atrocities, and includes the million soldiers killed on both sides of the Iran/Iraq war, the figure roughly stands at two million. Averaged out over the 24-year duration of Hussein's reign as president of Iraq, it comes out to approximately 83,500 dead per year.
Now, according to a recent study by the John Hopkins School, 655,000 Iraqis have died, since the Invasion of Iraq, about 3.5 years back. That averages out to just over 187,000 deaths per year.
So, this unofficial tally makes Bush the equivalent of 2.23 Saddam Husseins- hell- let's just round it out and say Bush is twice the murderer that Hussein was.
Now, the few remaining supporters of this war and this administration are quick to dismiss this report out of hand, by simply saying it is "not credible."
Ex-Squeeze me? How can the few uneducated bumpkins who are still stupid enough to support this war claim to have the authority to say that they know what is "credible", in regards to Iraq? I've been following this war, since before it even began, and I've yet to see one iota of credibility be exhibited by the republican party in relation to anything, much less Iraq. I've long since given up pointing out how these people have been wrong, at every turn- it's just too redundant:
"We will, in fact, be greeted as liberators"
"Within a year, a grand public square will be built in honor of George W Bush in Baghdad"
"Weapons of Mass Destruction"
"The elections mark a turning point in Iraq" (Wave inky finger)
"As they stand up, we'll stand down"
"We're making great progress"
"Oil revenues will pay for reconstruction"
And so on, and so forth. To point out the torrent of lies that have fueled this war in the highest levels of power is sorta like repeatedly pointing at an apple, and screaming "It's RED, DAMMIT!"
Given a choice between believing the right-wing echo chamber, and a report by one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world, I'll believe the latter, thank you very much.