Friday, December 14, 2007

Baghdad is Safer than New York was under Democrats

Letter-to-the-Editor published in the Laguna Beach Independent December 14, 2007 Baghdad is safer than New York was under Democrats

I wrote a letter-to-the-editor about the progress in Iraq and the headline was a sarcastic “Things are getting rosy in Iraq – ‘The number of bodies…on Baghdad’s streets has plummeted to about 5 a day’ ”. [11-30-07]

Can anybody divide? When New York City had 2,245 homicides in 1990 that was over six per day. That’s worst than Baghdad is now. So what’s so bad about 2,245 homicides in New York City in 1990? The response from Democrats was to reelect Mayor David Dinkins.

Thankfully, Rudolph Giuliani was elected then and under his leadership of prosecuting and incarcerating murderers, the homicides in New York City was reduced to 649 in his last year in office in 2001.

In 1990 despite all the carnage in New York City few questioned that New York was not a functioning democracy. I guess Detroit is also a democracy today even though it is the murder capital of the U.S.

According to…[Wikipedia], “By the end of 2006, the homicide count was 414 for the year, with a population under 900,000.” That’s also a higher rate than Baghdad too!

Gene Felder
Laguna Beach


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