Thursday, September 12, 2002

There's a showing on campus today a documentary about Ramsey Clark (last seen trying to free the blind mullah Sheikh Omar Abd El-Rahman from his prison for his role in the 1993 attack on the WTC) going to Iraq to observe the death of Iraqi children. Wonder if Clark visited the Kurds?

As someone noted, Clark is a pure negative indicator: If you're on the exact opposite side of him, you can be pretty sure you're on the right side.

But more to the point, supposed their advertisment for this film "Let Iraq Live" were true? (And it isn't like we want Iraq to die; we only want one guy to go away.) They claim "More than 1.5 million civilians, mostly children, have died from disease and malnutrition in the last eight years, according to UNICEF." I have no idea how they know how many children are in the 1.5 million. But my point would be that the crude death rate in Iraq (at 9%, according to the World Bank's World Development Indicators) (you'll need Adobe for this one) and a population of 23 million people, would imply that less than 9% of the deaths in the country are due to disease and malnutrition. How many deaths do you think countries not facing sanctions would have?