Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

4 Million Muslims Killed In Western Wars: Should We Call It Genocide?


By Kit O’Connell

Mint Press News

Afghan villagers sit near the bodies of children who they said were killed during a NATO air strike in the Kunar province of Afghanistan. April 7, 2013. (Reuters)

It may never be possible to know the true death toll of the modern Western wars on the Middle East, but that figure could be 4 million or higher. Since the vast majority of those killed were of Arab descent, and mostly Muslim, when would it be fair to accuse the United States and its allies of genocide?

A March report by Physicians for Social Responsibility calculates the body count of the Iraq War at around 1.3 million, and possibly as many as 2 million. However, the numbers of those killed in Middle Eastern wars could be much higher. In April, investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed argued that the actual death toll could reach as high as 4 million if one includes not just those killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the victims of the sanctions against Iraq, which left about 1.7 million more dead, half of them children, according to figures from the United Nations.

The term “genocide” did not exist prior to 1943, when it was coined by a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin. Lemkin created the word by combining the Greek root “geno,” which means people or tribe, with “-cide,” derived from the Latin word for killing.


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  1. Why hesitate to put the blame where it really lies ? why be “economical ” with the TRUTH ?? Who want them dead =who shouts out loud for them to be eliminated – who,s religious leaders say- a million dead Muslims dont equal one dead —— and more to the point who rules and runs America ?? – clue= correct answer 6 letters and the country is run by a homicidal maniac -to hard ? well Jordan/ Syria /Lebanon surround it .

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