[Marxism] Do Facts Make a Difference in Building an Anti-War Movement?

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sun May 9 15:03:43 MDT 2004

Tom Zeller of the New York Times reports:

A recent poll by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the 
University of Maryland appears to support that view [that the 
Americans have received a sanitized vision of the Iraq war]. Asked to 
estimate the number of Iraqi civilians killed in the war in March and 
April of last year, 41 percent of respondents guessed below 500. 
Nearly 75 percent said 2,000 or below. No official toll exists, but 
even the lowest estimates put the number of Iraqi civilian deaths in 
the month after "major combat" began at more than 3,000. Last June, 
The Associated Press guessed that 3,240 Iraqi civilians died in March 
and April of last year. Iraq Body Count, an independent group 
tracking reports of civilian casualties, puts the number at more than 
7,000. ("All News Is Local, Too," May 9, 2004)

Looking at the PIPA's own report, we also learn that "[o]nly 16% of 
the sample gave estimates of 3,000 to 7,000 -- the range of 
fatalities that corresponds with researchers' estimates" -- the 
median response was 800 ("US Public Beliefs on Iraq and the 
Presidential Election," April 22, 2004).

The rest of the posting is at 

* Critical Montages: <http://montages.blogspot.com/>
* Bring Them Home Now! <http://www.bringthemhomenow.org/>
* Calendars of Events in Columbus: 
<http://www.freepress.org/calendar.php>, & <http://www.cpanews.org/>
* Student International Forum: <http://sif.org.ohio-state.edu/>
* Committee for Justice in Palestine: <http://www.osudivest.org/>
* Al-Awda-Ohio: <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Al-Awda-Ohio>
* Solidarity: <http://www.solidarity-us.org/>

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