Daily Archives: 06/11/2003

Operation Iraqi Death Toll

Somehow I think you won’t hear this on the evenings news: preliminary AP estimates Iraqi civilian deaths from the War On Iraq at 3,240. And they doubt a complete count will ever be available. The part I really like was where the US military spokesman effectively shrugged off any responsibility for counting casualties. His answer was basically ‘America doesn’t kill civilians, so there is no need to make such a count. Besides, any civilians that might have died were caused by the Iraqi regime.’

God bless America – ‘Blowin’ up brown people since 1776!’

Science Fiction Classic Turns 50

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a chilling book about the not too distant future, is 50 years old this year. In many ways it has come to pass. Oh, firemen don’t come and start fires, but the indifference our society has towards books and learning, and our growing addiction to the vacuous banality of television are certainly true. The quote from Bradbury, now 82, really struck me: “I wasn’t trying to predict the future,” he says. “I was trying to prevent it.”