This Isn’t Science Fiction

Adriana Lins de Albuquerque and Alicia Cheng have a powerful opinion piece in today’s New York Times titled, “A Year in Iraq.” What gives it its impact is a chart that represents the “type and location of each attack responsible for the 2,592 recorded deaths among American and other coalition troops, Iraqi security forces and members of the peshmerga militias controlled by the Kurdish government” [my emphasis]. However, the more disturbing aspect of the piece is that, “sadly, civilian fatalities in Iraq last year were simply too numerous to represent on a single newspaper page.” Why isn’t this kind of information carried on the front page and on the big news networks? Anecdotal death counts and event-specific melees should include a reference to the overall picture of life and death in what I hope will one day result in George W. Bush attaining the history book labels:  psychopath and war criminal.

See the chart and read the opinion piece here.

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.