As AP rejoices at the US military deaths in Iraq reaching 4,000, a study indicates that some of these deaths are AP’s doing.
AP’s Grim Milestone:
BAGHDAD (AP) – The overall U.S. death toll in Iraq rose to 4,000 after four soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad, a grim milestone that is likely to fuel calls for the withdrawal of American forces as the war enters its sixth year.
That’s likely to embolden the terrorists to kill more Americans:
Periods of intense news media coverage in the United States of criticism about the war, or of polling about public opinion on the conflict, are followed by a small but quantifiable increases in the number of attacks on civilians and U.S. forces in Iraq, according to a study by Radha Iyengar, a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in health policy research at Harvard and Jonathan Monten of the Belfer Center at the university’s Kennedy School of Government.
The increase in attacks is more pronounced in areas of Iraq that have better access to international news media, the authors conclude in a report titled “Is There an ‘Emboldenment’ Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency in Iraq.”
However correlation doesn’t imply causation without some plausible physical explanation, and in this case there is one that’s as old as battle – humans who turn their backs on the enemy in a fight greatly increase the latter’s aggression level.
That’s why disciplined troops win against hordes – they stand their ground.
Here’s John Keegan on the Battle of Waterloo:
Wellington, asked by Halkett at a particularly critical moment that “his brigade, which had lost two thirds, should be relieved for a short time” sent the message “Tell him what he asks is impossible: he and I, and every other Englishman on the field must die on the spot we now occupy”.
The French Grand Army, in spite of greater numbers and great courage, did not stand its ground.
So it lost, just as the 16,000 or so creeps in our MSM want us to.