Monday, October 31, 2005

Iraq Coalition Casualty Count

Yesterday I was visiting the 'Magnum in Motion' website [one of my favorite sites] and the 'Bitter Fruit' essay got me thinking.

So I did a bit browsing around yesterday I found this website Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, which is a bit macabre.

Interestingly enough, there do not appear to be any figures regarding troop deployment so I had to do a bit more searching to find out what the casualty figures were as a proportion of soldiers.

Rough figures suggest that US military fatality figures are about 1.5% of the current deployed troops and UK fatality figures are around 1.2%. These do not take into account the periods in which the fatalities occured of the number of non fatal casualties.

I thought that this was quite a high percentage until I read an article in the Washington Post from last December

Ten percent of soldiers injured in Iraq have died from their war wounds, the lowest casualty fatality rate ever, thanks in large part to technological advances and the deployment of surgical SWAT teams at the front lines, an analysis to be published today has found - Ceci Connolly [Washington Post Staff Writer]
This suggests that about 15% of soldiers deployed have been injured, although this figure is probably very inaccurate due to the fact that the article was written nearly a year ago. The real figure is probably lower. This is I suppose significantly lower than previous wars where,

The rate had been 4.5 percent during World War II. In Korea, it would eventually reach a new low of 2.5 percent - Battle Casualties and Medical Statistics: U.S. Army Experience in the Korean War
These rates are cited from Frank A. Reister, Battle Casualties and Medical Statistics: U.S. Army Experience in the Korean War (Washington: Department of the Army, Office of the Surgeon General), pp. 15-16.

I still think that 2223 soldiers dying and 15,353 soldiers wounded plus around 30098 reported civilian casualties and who knows how many unreported civilian casualties is quite a high price to ensure that Americans can continue to pay next to nothing for petrol which will be consumed by their inefficient, environmentally unfriendly, gas guzzling vehicles.


Blogger Scurvy said...

Hey Jon, checked out your blog today. Much cooler than mine, only missing stories about bowel movements. Say, how can i post that Bush countdown clock on my blog?

2/11/05 18:36  
Blogger Jon said...

Hi Scurve,

Blogger's interface won't let you include JavaScript in the 'Edit Html' window, you can however use inline frames.

So I suggest that you copy the source from the file I have created for you here and the image here and save them in the space blogger provides and then use an iframe tag to display it on your blog.

You will need to update src location of the image in the file so that the image used points to the image on the server (or you can use another picture).

The iframe tag will look like <iframe src="the/location/of/your/file" frameborder="0" width="170" height="340" scrollong="no"></iframe>

If you run into any problems let me know and I'll see if I can make it easier for you.

2/11/05 19:56  
Blogger Scurvy said...

thanks Jon. Honestly, i'm not that smart when it comes to all that complicated stuff. I don't have a clue how to do 90% of the stuff you said to do, and to make things worse, all the computers here in Boliva are in spanish and I don't have a clue how to read much of it. However, i found a different countdown clock online that was easy to post on my blog and with your help, i copied the source file of yours into its url address and it actually worked. Check it out on my blog if you want, i managed to put it on my sidebar. I was gonna post the html of how i did it in this comment but blogger won't let me.

Thanks again for all your help

2/11/05 23:21  
Blogger Jon said...

That'll work so long as I don't accidentally delete the files on my server (won't happen) :)

Nice update about La Paz by the way. It is nice when you get to spend some time to really appreciate the people in the place you are visiting and what their lives are like. Much better than just visiting the tourist hotspots and seeing the sights on guided tours.

What's the preoccupation with seeing the inside of a South American prison though? Most people (including the inmates, especially the inmates) would be more than happy not to ever see the insides of one :)

Look forward to your next update. Happy Travels.

2/11/05 23:37  

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