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O mundo estaa melhor sem Saddam… o mundo estaa melhor sem Saddam… o mundo estaa melhor sem Saddam… o mundo estaa melhor sem Saddam… o mundo estaa melhor sem Saddam… mmm…

Para aleem da loogica simplista de, “por cada ‘mau’ a menos no mundo, mais fica para os bons“, o que ee que realmente isto significa? O que ee que em termos praacticos significa algueem dizer que o mundo estaa melhor sem Saddam?

Pondo todas as mentiras (sobre os alegados riscos que o Saddam representava para o mundo ‘civilizado’) na mesa, ajudem-me laa a perceber esta conversa…

Para os Iraquianos, os custos da eliminacao do Saddam parecem claros: “The largest cost of this mismanaged war has been borne by Iraq. Half of Iraq’s doctors have been killed or have left the country, unemployment stands at 25%, and, five years after the war’s start, Baghdad still has less than eight hours of electricity a day. Out of Iraq’s total population of around 28 million, four million are displaced and two million have fled the country. The thousands of violent deaths have inured most Westerners to what is going on: a bomb blast that kills 25 hardly seems newsworthy anymore. But statistical studies of death rates before and after the invasion tell some of the grim reality. They suggest additional deaths from a low of around 450,000 in the first 40 months of the war (150,000 of them violent deaths) to 600,000…” (Stiglitz no Project Syndicate)

Para os “bons” invasores, o mesmo Stiglitz escrevia noutra peca: “Iraq war costs do not stop here. It has helped to weaken the US economy – through higher oil prices and soaring deficits. A weak US economy means a weak global economy. Britain, along with all of America’s trading partners, will end up paying a heavy cost for the Iraq misadventure…

Se eu fosse americano, isto, deixava-me mesmo assustado…

Table 1:
Domestic Discretionary Funding
 Is a Shrinking Share of Total Program Costs

Share of Total

2001

2008

Change

Defense & security

21.7%

29.2%

+7.5%

Social Security, Medicare/caid

45.9%

43.5%

-2.4%

Other mandatory programs

14.0%

12.5%

-1.4%

Domestic discretionary

18.4%

14.7%

-3.7%

Total program costs

100%

100%

0.0%

Notes: Figures may not add due to rounding.  The defense/security figures also include veterans, homeland security, and international affairs.  Medicare is net of premiums.  Figures for 2008 are CBO’s January estimate plus supplemental discretionary funding requested by President Bush.  Totals exclude net interest.

 …mmm…

Que partes deste mundo estao melhor com esta deposicao do Saddam? (talvez para os Kurdos, admito)

Eu soo espero que este gajo esteja errado quando diz: “… Americans like to say that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Nor is there such a thing as a free war. The US – and the world – will be paying the price for decades to come…“; e contudo, tudo o que de sentido leio me leva a pensar que o gajo estaa certo…

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