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Friday, December 2, 2005
Meaningless Equivocation of the Day
Topic: WorldNetDaily
From a Dec. 2 WorldNetDaily article:

Recently released crime statistics show the homicide rate in California is 265 percent higher than the death rate suffered by U.S. and British military personnel in Iraq.

According to the report "Crime in California 2004," compiled by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, there were 2,394 reported homicides in the Golden State last year. That compares with 905 deaths of coalition forces in Iraq, chiefly Americans and Brits, during the same time period.

WND, of course, neglects that the death rate among U.S. and British soldiers is much higher than the murder rate in California. 905 deaths among 160,000 soldiers is a much higher rate that 2,394 murders among 33.8 million Californians.

The article adds:

Such comparisons have been made by defenders of the action in Iraq, who say the number of casualties for a war of this length are extraordinarily low.

WND doesn't state that the comparison is statistically meaningless.

The article concludes by presenting an extreme view against the war as representative of all war opponents:

Opponents of the war claim the lives of the 2,000 Americans who have died since the initial invasion have been lost in vain.

Opined Toula Foscolos in the French Le Magazine: "More than 2,000 Americans have left their lives [in Iraq], thanks to the conniving and self-serving ways of their dim-witted president."

This is what passes for "journalism" at WorldNetDaily.

Brad DeLong takes on a similar claim by Donald Luskin here.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:20 PM EST

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