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what's a dead iraqi worth?

"In 2005, an American soldier in a dangerous Sunni Arab area south of Baghdad killed a boy after mistaking his book bag for a bomb satchel. The Army paid the boy’s uncle $500.

The Foreign Claims Act, which governs such compensation, does not deal with combat-related cases. For those cases, including the boy’s, the Army may offer a condolence payment as a gesture of regret with no admission of fault, of usually no higher than $2,500 per person killed."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/world/middleeast/12abuse.html

"At the end of the process $7 billion was awarded to 97% of the families; the average payout was $1.8 million."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11th_Victim_Compensation_Fund
Permalink bogger 
April 12th, 2007 1:42pm
Iraq:
GDP - per capita (PPP):   
$2,900 (2006 est.) 

USA:
GDP - per capita (PPP):   
$43,500 (2006 est.) 

compliments of CIA world factbook. Irony?
Permalink arg! 
April 12th, 2007 1:58pm
To Americans, a dead Iraqi is worth less than a dead American. No surprises there. It is naive to expect otherwise.

Oh! You are talking in terms of right and wrong? Then these payouts is a non issue. OBL is to be hung to death for crimes against humanity and so should GWB.
Permalink Send private email Plus ça change 
April 12th, 2007 2:21pm
The 9/11 fund was really fucked up. Payments were based on salary. So the wives of janitors with no life insurance got a few thousand dollars. The wives of stockbrokers, with $50 million life insurance policies, got that, plus another 10 million from the taxpayers via this fund.
Permalink Practical Economist 
April 12th, 2007 2:28pm
On the separate issue of Iraq, if I was that kid's family I'd say his life was worth that of 5 US soldiers, and I would make sure the debt was paid.
Permalink Practical Economist 
April 12th, 2007 2:29pm
Sadly, the life of 5 U.S. soldiers is worth... how much?

Sadly, the logic of 5 U.S. soldiers for one child, then 2 Iraqi's for each soldier, then 5 more soldiers for each Iraqi -- is the logic of death.  It's the logic of revenge.  It's the logic of the "feud".

It's the logic of trying to 'punish' the innocent clan of the guilty for the actions of the guilty.  Which never ends until everyone is dead.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 12th, 2007 2:34pm
"On the separate issue of Iraq, if I was that kid's family I'd say his life was worth that of 5 US soldiers, and I would make sure the debt was paid."

Based on... earning potential? Training? Emotional distress? Personal sacrifice? Dependants (non existant for a child)?

you fail it PE.
Permalink arg! 
April 12th, 2007 2:40pm
"The wives of stockbrokers, with $50 million life insurance policies, got that, plus another 10 million from the taxpayers via this fund."

http://www.usdoj.gov/archive/victimcompensation/award_amounts.pdf
Permalink bogger 
April 12th, 2007 2:45pm
Based on 3000 dead on 9/11, then 15,000 killed in Afghanistan in retaliation. So the revenge ratio is established by US precedent.
Permalink Practical Economist 
April 12th, 2007 3:23pm
OK, wives of stockbrokers got $7 million from the fund, not $10 million.
Permalink Practical Economist 
April 12th, 2007 3:25pm
My husband was 31 years old. I'm taking care of two young children. He was going to earn good fucking money, $300K per year, for the next 40 years. Figure it out.
Permalink stockwife 
April 12th, 2007 3:33pm
Damn, only 15k killed in Afghanistan?  We've been slacking.  Pull the damned troops out of Iraq so we can put them towards killing the people who really did attack us, or at least tolerated the attackers in their midst.

Sorry, can't get weepy about the poor unfortunate Afghans.  They supported the taliban, tolerated OBL.  Now they've got to deal with the consequences of their poor judgment.  The Pakistanis who are sheltering OBL and the Taliban now should probably get their own share of that trouble.
Permalink Send private email Clay Dowling 
April 12th, 2007 3:38pm
Stockwife, he had a great $10 million life insurance policy, but that's not enough for you, you greedy whore? I'm glad he's dead, too bad you and your kids weren't visiting him at work that day.
Permalink Muhammad Ali Jabbar 
April 12th, 2007 3:53pm
>  They supported the taliban, tolerated OBL.

Maybe the invading armies will feel the same way about the country that supported GWB?
Permalink ...a christian 
April 12th, 2007 4:00pm
It was the US who trained many of those who fought with Bin Laden.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
April 12th, 2007 7:35pm
Thanks God for 9/11!
Permalink Arno Hollosi 
April 13th, 2007 6:32am

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