My wife once asked, "What does 'based on a true story' mean?"
I told her it means that, quite possibly, absolutely nothing in the film she was about to see was actually true, that when she saw, "This is a true story," she could expect it to be substantially true."
Such is the case with liberals and their stories about war casualties, and in the case of Iraq, lack of same.
It started with the Vietnam aftermath, and that story culminated last week when John Kerry actually stated that bloodbaths and persecutions in the wake of America's pullout "didn't happen," the fact that it did – in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos – notwithstanding.
It later became a favorite tactic among liberal loons to manufacture a figure for the dead Iraqis for which America was responsible – then double or triple it as the need arose.
No one doubts that a lot of civilians have perished in Iraq. All we know for certain is that the actual number is a fraction of what liberals claim it is. But we have no way of knowing how many were the result of American action, and even then, the important figure would be, how many could have been avoided?
And if you could derive that number, then you would have to subtract the number of Iraqis who would have died at the hands of Saddam Hussein if he were still in power and further speculate as to how many would die in the future because of Hussein, and subtract that as well.
Then you might have something resembling a realistic figure of Iraqi dead for which America was responsible – and it, in all likelihood, would be a negative number.
Now it's true that those Iraqis Saddam killed would likely be different than the ones we killed – there being a greater likelihood that the ones Hussein beheaded, shredded and dropped from buildings would have been friendlier to us.
And now, another Hussein D-(very) Ill., the one Aput probably likes, has decided that an Iraqi genocide is worth the risk as long as we are long gone.
That almost makes it hard to decide which Hussein is/was worse, doesn't it?
But then, we'll never have to make that determination, since, all the history writers being liberal, a future Iraqi genocide never happened.