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Michael Collins
"Scoop" Independent News
Washington, D.C.

There's a reflexive tendency to think the worst of the Bush-Cheney administration when scandals like the torture tapes emerge. This tendency is well justified.

This administration's defining moment was the Iraq invasion. Over time, it caused death to 1.2 million civilians and the injuries of 1.1 million noncombatants. Just last week we found out that there are now five million orphans in Iraq.

How can the administration and their enablers ever top that? Why shouldn't we expect the worst immediately when we hear yet another accusation of criminal or unethical conduct?

Destroying torture tapes pales by comparison to these tragedies, all a result of the illegal invasion:

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Iraqi anti corruption board Dec 15, 2007

Have you heard or read that 9% or Iraq's population is either dead or injured to date due to the 2003 invasion? This is rarely addressed by U.S. media or politicians.

The announcement that 19% of Iraq's population now consists of orphans hasn't hit mainstream media's radar yet. This shocker seems destined for the same fate as the death and injury figures.

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Snuff Tapes and One Dead Terrorist Dominate Coverage

Odd isn't it? All this emphasis on the CIA's destruction of Abu Zubaydah torture tapes instead of the pervasive and ongoing human loss and suffering visited on Iraq by Bush and Cheney?

Let's take a quick look at the tape controversy and see if there's some relationship to the dismissal and denial of the infinitely larger outrage.

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he DID give FROM MEMORY the palace and cell phone ... by CamusRebel on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2008 at 2:31:19 PM
I've been there, 9/11 General strike Though... by Michael Collins on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2008 at 3:42:27 PM
Michael Collins has been out front in public ... by Kathlyn Stone on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2008 at 7:20:30 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!Rebel guy got me to haul out some o... by Michael Collins on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2008 at 9:57:36 PM
Demand the TRANSCRIPTS.  They must still exis... by CamusRebel on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2008 at 2:42:21 PM
on this one...........being on the ground in the W... by Ernest on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2008 at 12:53:55 AM
Michael and everyone, please know that I agree who... by Kathryn Smith on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2008 at 5:01:34 AM
tapes," which is the next big thing, and 5 mi... by Michael Collins on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2008 at 11:02:30 AM
The troops acted like murderers, looters ,rapists... by dave stanley on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2008 at 6:19:48 PM
Pardon me,I understand "orphan" to mean ... by Iznotim Pahrtent on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 1:52:06 AM
  Here's some information that might hel... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 1:29:16 PM
Didn't take the whole message...here's the... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 1:31:09 PM
another wonderful/horrible article, michael. wow.&... by Joan Brunwasser on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 8:42:05 PM