Iraq, Tsunami, and Terry Jones

Terry Jones (yes, that Terry Jones), has written a short piece for The Guardian that reflects something that has crossed my mind several times since December 26th:

“Of course it’s wonderful to see the human race rallying to the aid of disaster victims, but it’s the inconsistency that has me foxed. Nobody is making this sort of fuss about all the people killed in Iraq, and yet it’s a human catastrophe of comparable dimensions.

According to the only scientific estimate attempted, Iraqi deaths since the war began number more than 100,000. The tsunami death toll is in the region of 150,000. Yet in the case of Iraq, the media seems reluctant to impress on the public the scale of the carnage. ”

It goes on for a bit, and one really has to ask: why is the global reaction to these events — both so utterly devastating — so different?

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