Saturday, July 08, 2006

"Only"

AP today:
Three American soldiers were killed Saturday in fighting in the western province of Anbar, the U.S. military said. They were the first U.S. fatalities reported in Iraq in four days and only the eighth so far this month.

A U.S. statement said the three were assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and died due to "enemy action" in the predominantly Sunni Arab province. No further details were released.
Today is July 8th. We've lost eight troops so far this month. A new standard for progress?

7 Comments:

Anonymous JoeF said...

one death per day would be a signifigant improvement over the past ratios, wouldn't it?

Still...ugh.

7/08/2006 12:29 PM  
Blogger The Cunning Realist said...

If it was sustained, then yes, it would represent an improvement. My point was that this is only July 8th, so using a word like "only" to indicate such improvement is not only an ill-advised choice of words (particularly for a wire service report), it's premature.

7/08/2006 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even in the comments, fatalities are "just numbers" ... we seem to have lost the capacity to understand that these were HUMAN BEINGS. Any number, including ONE is horrendous.
judyo

7/08/2006 3:02 PM  
Anonymous jay said...

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But compared to 179 'Iraqi Security Forces and Civilian Deaths' - as of July 9th, according to icasualties.org - this might indeed deem 'reasonable', cynical as this may sound.

7/09/2006 1:20 AM  
Anonymous antonie said...

I agree with judyo. As mentioned before, even one death is one too many in a war which has not been clearly explained to the American people.

7/09/2006 7:17 AM  
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