06 January 2008

Repeat After Me: "Things Have Gotten Better in Iraq .... The 'Surge' is Working" ... (If Only)

Here is a terrific Op-Ed graphic - "A Year in Iraq" - from The New York Times today documenting the fact that "for those in uniform, 2007 was the deadliest year since the invasion." Importantly, the graphic treats fatalities among Iraqi security forces and troops from our "coalition partners" as of equal importance to deaths of American forces. (There is a novel thought.) The caveat is meant to indicate that deaths among Iraqi civilians are "simply too numerous to represent on a single newspaper page." I want to point out that Adriana Lins de Albuquerque, one of the authors/designers is a doctoral student in political science! She has teamed up with a graphic designer Alicia Cheng in just the sort of coordinated project of which we we need more. (Cheng, by the way, is co-founder of mgmt.design which seems like a quite cool firm; among their clients has been the ICP in NYC.) This is very impressive work all around.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah lets get the hell out.

But unlike you Loony Left, who construe this in terms of anti-Bush irrationality, the more weighty fact is Iraq testifies to the deep, backward, theocratic barbarities of that region the West should never, ever, enter into again.

09 January, 2008 16:47  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

That "region" is a mess in part because we in the U.S. have controbuted to fucking it up since at least WWII. Saddam Hussein was our creation, so was the Shah. The Israelis, Saudis and Egyptians are all our clients (look at numbers of arms sales and foreign military aid).

And, of course, the British (Egypt, Palestine)and French (Lebanon) did their parts even before we got there. So, if there are political, economic and social pathologies in the region they do not stem from innate 'theocratic' sources. Instead those 'barbarities' may well be symptoms - in large measure, though not exclusively - of Western meddling.

09 January, 2008 17:14  

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