The government of Iraq 'has recorded 87,215 of its citizens killed since 2005

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David Smith-Ferri, Truthout: "Recently, in an article by Kim Gamel, The Associated Press reported that the government of Iraq 'has recorded 87,215 of its citizens killed since 2005 in violence ranging from catastrophic bombings to execution-style slayings ...' The numbers, in fact, can obscure more than they reveal. They fool us into thinking that the impact of six years of war and occupation can be held in the palm of a hand, characterized in a single sentence, grasped in an instant. They fool us into thinking the consequences can be 'managed' and 'controlled.' Let's be clear: the losses for Iraqis are incalculable. We should face this and recognize that the losses from war are always too deep, too personal to measure, too large to manage or control. To think otherwise is to be open to the cost-benefit arguments in favor of the next war."

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