Thanks to a post over at Lethbridgiana, I was reminded of two pieces of information related to the recent announcement that Saddam Hussein would be hanged.
This morning’s Lethbridge Herald reported:
President George W. Bush called the verdict ?¢‚Ç¨?ìa milestone in the Iraqi people?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s efforts to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law.?¢‚Ç¨¬ù
?¢‚Ç¨?ìIt?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s a major achievement for Iraq?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s young democracy and its constitutional government,?¢‚Ç¨¬ù the president said.
?¢‚Ç¨?ìToday, the victims of this regime have received a measure of the justice which many thought would never come,?¢‚Ç¨¬ù he added.
In an article in last month’s issue of The Lancet, a UK medical journal, Gilbert Burnham, Riyadh Lafta, Shannon Doocy, Les Roberts claimed:
We estimate that as of July, 2006, there have been 654,965 . . . excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war, which corresponds to 2.5% of the population in the study area. Of post-invasion deaths, 601,027 . . . were due to violence, the most common cause being gunfire.
Is the price of over half a million deaths a reasonable price to pay for democracy?