I am curious Peter

It’s hard work (a conservative favorite excuse) posting over at The Corner while waiting for gigs at Fox to discuss topics on which the Cornerites have no expertise, so you’ll have to excuse Peter Robinson if he’s just too weary to research his own questions:

From Frank Rich’s column in Sunday’s New York Times: “These days the bombings [in Iraq] are more frequent and often more lethal.”

The assertion strikes me as worth evaluating. Can anyone produce a chart or graph of car bombings and other acts of terrorism in Iraq over the last year or 18 months? Have they indeed become more frequent? More lethal? Has anyone mapped the acts of violence? (My suspicion: That in recent months terrorist acts have indeed increased in frequency and deadliness, but that such acts are mostly confined to the Sunni triangle, and, within the triangle, to a handful of locations, notably Fallujah.)

How do Iraqi casualties in recent months compare with the number of Iraqis who died of unnatural causes each month under Saddam? (The UN put the number of Iraqis who died each month as a result of the international sanctions that Saddam brought on his nation at five thousand.) Are there any estimates of economic activity in Kurdistan? In the Shiite south? In Baghdad itself? …


Frank Rich does nothing but bloviate, demonstrating the very lack of intellectual curiosity of which he accuses George W. Bush–nowhere in his column does Rich support his assertion with a single figure or statistic. But we Cornerites? I’ve just posted the questions Rich ignores. As the answers come in—and I particularly invite emails from those with military and economic expertise—I’ll post them, too.

You see, Peter is good with the question thingy…Answers? That sounds like a lot of work and Peter did just finshed that 328-word post, and, boy, are his arms tired…

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