Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Play it Safe: Join the American Armed Forces

"Government Report: More Military Deaths in Some Years of Peace Than War" (November 14, 2007)

The two samples were two years in the 1980s, and two years in the period of hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Congressional Research Service, of all organizations, came up with this information.

The 1980s deaths were GIs on active duty, just like the War on Terror deaths.

The director of has an explanation: "It's safer to be in the military because your accidental death rate has gone down; it's safer to be in the military because if you get wounded, you'll probably survive." "Getting killed on the battlefield is one way that people in the military wind up dying, but it's not the main way."

Whaddaya know!

I may have missed something, but this little item hasn't made it into the traditional, mainstream news outlets.

Perhaps I should say the 'official' news outlets?

Or is that being mean?

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.