9/11 in Iraq.

Yesterday, Iraq was the victim of an attack of the scale of September 11th. Maybe you didn’t hear about it. Writes Joshua Micah:

“Just a thought on these horrific coordinated bombings today in Iraq. […] [T]he New York Times has an estimate tonight placing the number of dead at 170.

“Iraq has a population of just under 25 million. The United States is home to a tad over 290 million. In other words, there are well over ten times as many Americans as Iraqis.

“So, to get a feel for the impact of these attacks on the country, the number of people who lost loved ones, know others who did, and so forth, multiply that death toll by 11 or 12 times in order to get a feel for the number in American terms.

“A good ballpark point of comparison is what it would be like to have around 2000 people killed in one day in this country. And, of course, that’s not that different from the 3000 who were killed here on September 11th.”

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Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »