Monday, August 6, 2007

We're Number One! We're Number One! (Okay, not us, but bestest pals.)

Newsweek has published a list of 139 suicide bombers in Iraq. Guess which country had the most?

Hint: What country was the birthplace of the vast majoirty of 9/11 hijackers?

Yes, our pals in Saudi Arabia produced 53 of the 139 suicide bombers on this list. Coming in a distant second for suicide bombers in Iraq: Iraq! 18 of these vicious scumbags were homegrown. Coincidentally, another 18 are from an unknown country. Newsweek has a little trouble with the math; they say 139, but the countries of origin list has 142 total. Oopsie!

How many from evil Iran? Zero, though I'm sure some of those unknown guys were Iranian. In fact, I expect some right wing talk show host to conjecture that ALL the unknown bombers were Iranian before long. Expect some Arab talk show host to speculate they were all Israeli.

What about growing up Saudi makes folks so cranky? They are our bestest pals in the region, so it can't be anything about their nearly perfect political or economic system. I bet we can blame it on that goofy God they worship. Only one God, who created Adam, Eve and the universe in six days and rested on the seventh! Who wouldn't go crazy being told such wacky stuff?


FranIAm said...

Great topic, great angle. Yes, what we want to believe as a nation versus what is actually true.

(Oh that whole pesky truth thing again!)

And leave it to you to find the math error! Despite my complete inability to do anything with numbers, I do work for a statistical research company... So maybe this is a rounding vs. truncating issue? Hah!

However, the Saudis are our friends. Right? Maybe -hey, they can be our frenemies!

KELSO'S NUTS said...


I do this (statistical analysis) for a living, and what Matty Boy has set forth here is hardly a rounding error or truncating error. The 53 plurality is PROOF of something that's so horrible it's hard for us really to get our heads around, because when you think about THE STORY these numbers are telling you, you are in a very, very dark place indeed.

I like to include both Manny Ramirez AND Alex Rodriguez as Native New Yorker, (Rodriguez born in Manhattan moved to Florida as a boy; Ramirez born in DR moved to Manhattan as a boy), so that's the kind of error we're talking about. My bias is as a born-and-raised Manhattanite. Super innocent and childish really. Cheney probably had 3 particular people stricken from the 142 total. for some truly nefarious reason.

Zoey & Me said...

What? None from Newark?