Baltimore. Fort Worth. Charlotte. El Paso. Milwaukee. Seattle. Boston. Denver. Louisville. DC. Nashville. Las Vegas. Portland. Oklahoma City. Tucson. Albuquerque. Long Beach. Atlanta. Fresno. Sacramento. New Orleans. Cleveland. Kansas City. Mesa. Virginia Beach. Oakland. Miami. Tulsa. Honolulu. Minneapolis. Colorado Springs. Arlington (TX).

What do these 34 cities have in common?

Each has a pop­u­la­tion equal to or less than the num­ber of civil­ian Iraqis esti­mated killed since the US invaded that nation in 2003. That’s 200,000 human lives snuffed out per year in the name of … of what? Defeating ter­ror­ism? Eliminating nonex­is­tent, non­con­ven­tional weapons? Ousting a “mad­man” from power?

This can’t all be blamed on inter­nal strife — about 31% of the deaths are due to coali­tion forces. That’s us. The good guys. The rest … well, not even the most insane right-​​winger can hope to argue that 450,000 peo­ple were killed at any two-​​year period of life under Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

The US destroyed a nation for no rea­son what­so­ever, and is now directly respon­si­ble for or com­plicit in the deaths of hun­dreds of thou­sands of human beings.

Il Duce, of course, is claim­ing the report isn’t cred­i­ble — as though he’s in a posi­tion to judge the cred­i­bil­ity of any­thing — and some Repubs are cry­ing foul, claim­ing the release tim­ing of the report is supi­ciously political.

Unlike, I guess, con­ve­niently jig­gling the terror-​​alert scale when­ever the oppo­si­tion party scores a point or two.

This nation should hide its face in shame from the world. There is sim­ply no way to jus­tify the obscene level of car­nage that’s been wrought since Bush became obsessed with Iraq. We’ve lost thou­sands of our own good men and women, and we’ve offi­ci­ated at the deaths of 185 times the num­ber of civil­ians killed in the 11 September, 2001 attacks.

Which, by the way, Iraq had noth­ing to do with.

This means that for every man, woman and child who died in NYC, DC and PA on that day, we have killed or been respon­si­ble for the deaths of 185 others.

Everyone who sup­ports Bush is a trai­tor; Bush him­self is an evil, twisted, sick man; and this obscen­ity must come to an end. Not because we can’t ever win; not because we’re actu­ally dri­ving peo­ple into the arms of Qaeda or the Taliban; but because the United States can­not per­pe­trate mass murder.

Next up: Memphis.

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