Thursday, June 01, 2006

Lies Damn Lies and Murder Rates

Not surprisingly it didn't take too long for the chicken hawk nonsense about Washington DC being more violent than a Iraq to be debunked. the statistical sleight-of-hand seems rather silly when it is exposed.

The statistical garbage ignores the wider issue. Most violence in the United States or any other country is primarily perpetrated by people who know each other. The problem with a Iraq and Afghanistan is that those being killed are being targeted either randomly or because of affiliation to the police military etc. it's the randomness of the violence that is the danger for a counterinsurgency policy not to violence itself.

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