Saturday, September 11, 2004

Some Numbers, and a Bonus Conspiracy Theory

The total of Americans killed in the 18-month-old war so far: 1,0031

The total of Oregonians killed in the 18-month-old war so far: 23

Oregon Population: 3,559,5962

United States Population: 290,809,777

This means that Oregon represents 1.22% of the United States Population and yet 2.29% of all deaths in Iraq3.

So here comes my far-out conspiracy theory.

Oregon has kind of been a thorn for Ashcroft. He doesn't seem to like the idea of our Death With Dignity Act4, perhaps in favor of a Death in a Foreign Country Under Horrible Circumstances Act. The State has managed to fight and finally overturn his attempt to block the act, and I think it is fair to say that he's probably not too happy with this.

So, who's to say that these guys don't hold a grudge? That the disproportionate number of Oregonians sent, and subsequenty killed, in Iraq was not coincidental.
Maybe someone thinks that the best way to get back at Oregon is to kill it's children.

It's just a theory.

1Iraq Coalition Casualty Count
2Figures taken from the 2003 US Census
3All numbers assume my math is right
4American Medical News article / Register Guard editorial


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