The Dead

Posted on November 7, 2007 by


More U.S. troops died in Iraq in 2007 than any other year, news reports. In the whole first ten months of the year, the war killed 852 soldiers. Six died Monday lifting to 3,856 the grand total of military deaths from the ordeal.

But I ask why should 2007 be not the deadliest of all years? As populations grow, don’t more people die each year, everywhere?

Hamlet once told Shakespeare that in a battle between armies of the dead and living, the dead would win every time, because whatever soldiers they killed simply joined their team.

I remember reading to the contrary: more people live in the world today than all human history put together. But that can’t be right, right? Still, world population is now greater than 6 billion, 600 million people. Google that shit. To put this in scale, consider the age of dinosaurs lasted 180 million years, Outkast’s Stankonia sold 3.79 million records and 2,726 people died in the World Trade Center attacks.

No word from Hamlet who would win a cage match between a bear and a mountain lion.

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