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A little myth busting
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Says MNFI-I in rebuttal of a Washington Post story this week that implied enthno-sectarian numbers were down in Iraq because MNF-I has changed the definition of what such a killing (i.e. claiming a shot in the back of the head meant it counted as e-s violence and a shot in the front of the head meant it was simply a crime).
Multi-National Force-Iraq defines ethno-sectarian murder as a murder committed by one ethnic/religious person/group directed at a different ethnic/religious person/group, where the primary motivation for the event is based on ethnicity or religious sect.

Ethno-sectarian violence is defined as an event and any associated civilian deaths caused by or during murders/executions, kidnappings, direct fire, indirect fire, and all types of explosive devices identified as being conducted by one ethnic/religious person/group directed at a different ethnic/religious person/group, where the primary motivation for the event is based on ethnicity or religious sect.

In our collection of data, a shot to the front or back of the head is not used to determine ethno-sectarian murder.

The number of ethno-sectarian murders has declined significantly since the height of the sectarian violence in December 2006.

Iraq-wide, the number of ethno-sectarian deaths has decreased by over 55 percent, and it would have decreased much further if it not for the casualties inflicted by barbaric al-Qaeda bombings attempting to reignite sectarian violence.
Gen. Petraeus also covered it in his testimony:
PETRAEUS: “Let me just take advantage of this brief break here to set the record straight on something. There’s this mythology out there, and apparently an unnamed intelligence source who said that we only count executions if they’re shot in one part of the head and the other. That is just not true.


“As only the military can, we have a three page document on ethno-sectarian violence methodology and it is fairly comprehensive and it’s pretty logical and rational. And in the execution category, it says civilians that show signs of torture, being bound, blindfolded, or shot anywhere in the head, and so forth. So if I could just put that one to rest ... ”
Can't wait to see the Post's retraction/clarification.
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Thanks a ton McQ: i was just arguing this with a co-worker when the page refreshed and this popped up. Shut them up real, real fast.

Good work!
Written By: Joel C.
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Do I sense the birth of a new leftist talking point? "The Bush cabal are covering up the civil war by changing the definition of an e-s murder."

How does a progressive liberal justify making light of murders in Iraq for ethnic or religious reasons? Isn’t that racism? Why does the left seem so willing to ignore the worst crimes by terrorists just because of the "culture in the middle east" or "the way things are" over there?

I won’t be voting for any democrats until they can answer that.
Written By: jows
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"sense the birth"? It’s all I’ve seen on the blogs the past few days. The left has already bought this hook, line, and anti-american sinker.

Written By: charles
Can’t wait to see the Post’s retraction/clarification.
I’m afraid you’ll have to. By the way, how did they confirm that info. Did they run it by Scott Beauchamp?
Written By: tom scott
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Another lie by the lying Left who only see lies in disagreement from the Right? Color me shocked.
Written By: JorgXMcKie
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