Arkansas Uprising

From Winds of Change we see the quagmire that has developed in New Orleans and Pine Bluff, Arkansas:

According to the FBI, they had rates of murder and non-negligent manslaughter comparable to the estimated rates in Iraq right now (14 – 20/100,000 population per year – from Strategypage, with a hat tip to Outside The Beltway).

MSA – Rate per 100,000

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA – 25.5

Victoria, TX – 25.4

Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI – 19.5

Pine Bluff, AR – 16.9

Laredo, TX – 14.7

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA – 14.5

Richmond, VA – 13.6

Does this mean all is well? No. Is this acceptable – in Iraq or in Pine Bluff? No.

I tend to fall into the “things aren’t as bad as Juan Cole, Robert Scheer, and the New York Times say they are” camp, in part, because I keep seeing numbers like these.

If there was a true uprising among the Iraqis, we’d be seeing far, far higher US and Iraqi death rates.

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