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Attack Of The Stupids

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 29, 2007

I see that the “let’s use the death of Benazir Bhutto as an excuse to see all Muslims as subhuman” folks have started to arrive on cue in various places online.

As coathangrrr says, compare the death tolls of Islam versus The West over the last hundred years; nobody on the Muslim side comes close to (the decidedly non-Muslim) Uncle Adolf.

For example:

Let’s say you choose to count the secular Ba’athist Saddam as a full-blown Osama-style Islamofascist — which is wrong as Saddam, as did and do all the other Middle Eastern dictators we’ve propped up, hated and feared Osama and his Caliphate dreams — and thus count all the people he’s killed, even those killed in the course of the Iran-Iraq War (which Reagan and Cheney and Rummy encouraged, by the way, just as they turned a blind eye when Saddam was “gassing his own people”, i.e. the Iraqi Kurds). Saddam’s death toll, using the highest estimates known, those of Human Rights Watch, was 290,000 over the quarter-century he was in power (and there are indications that HRW inflated this figure). Meanwhile, over a million people have died in the last four years as a direct result of Bush’s invading and occupying Iraq.

I’m actually being nice to The (Non-Islamic) West here: I’m not counting the regimes of China under (the secular Communist) Mao and Stalin’s (secular Communist) Soviet Union, which together may well have offed far more people than Hitler, if you go by the highest estimates (but which are, to be sure, themselves subject to debate at the very least).

3 Responses to “Attack Of The Stupids”

  1. Charles said

    Well… in approximate descending order of body stack heights, there’s the Armenian genocide, Saddam’s war on Iran, the slaughter in East Timor, the Sudan, the Turkish-Kurdish conflict….neither Islam nor Christianity immunizes human beings from committing violence.

    The West achieved automation at an earlier point in history and leveraged it to obtain a military advantage in non-western countries. That leverage meant that the West was able to inflict enormous casualties, whether in fighting internal or external conflicts. But as the non-Western nations industrialized, they too engaged in great slaughters.

  2. Charles said

    Also, please note that there is academic research on the Chinese democide that places the figure far higher than 29 million.

  3. Exactly, Charles. And really, if we count the millions killed in the European and American colonial wars of the last century and a quarter, then the West looks even worse.

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