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April 10, 2003

I'm plenty happy to see

Daniel Radosh

I'm plenty happy to see Saddam gone, but this kind of gloating is just obscene. "Scarcely a drop of blood spilled"? A reasonable estimate of Iraqi dead is upwards of 10,000 -- maybe a quarter or a third of them civilians. And as we've been learning, many Iraqi soldiers fought because they were forced to. They may not be innocent, but they were not entirely guilty either and their deaths should be mourned. "Barely a 'war' at all"? In 21 days, the US killed perhaps three times the number of people who died at the World Trade Center. I don't recall Chris Hitchens shrugging those lives off. Of course there is no comparing the intents of these two events, but while it's one thing to believe blood must be shed to accomplish a worthy goal, it's quite another to pretend that it didn't happen.

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