US 'Suburbs More Violent Than Iraq'

Are some urban areas of the United States more dangerous than Iraq? According to Australian filmmaker George Gittoes, they are. More fighting goes on in parts of suburban US than Iraq, according to an Australian filmmaker who has just finished a documentary set in Miami. Gittoes' latest feature contrasts life for a family living in the blue-collar community of Brown Sub, Miami, with ongoing fighting in Iraq. "It is much worse in Miami than it is in Baghdad," he said. "Even left-wing Americans...don't want to recognise the mess they've got in their own backyard.” -Story-

The fact is, from an American perspective, some states in this country are far more dangerous than Iraq. I outlined this in June when I did an article called “
We should Pull out of America”. It sarcastically pointed out that the logic of withdrawing from Iraq because troops are dying was somewhat hypocritical to use because more Americans were murdered in California in just two years than in the entire war.

-Number of US Troops killed in Iraq (a war zone): 2,800
-Number of Americans murdered in California alone from 2003 to 2005: 7,302
-Violent Crimes reported in California in the past 3 years: 4,227,716
-Number of Americans murdered in 2005: 17,000

So should we pull out of Iraq because its dangerous and people are being killed? -- I don’t know, should we pull out of violent US neighborhoods because more Americans are being killed there than in Iraq? The point is that there are dangerous places all over the world including in our own cities (My brother was shot and was nearly murdered in front of his home… by an illegal alien no less). It doesn’t mean that we run and hide or pull out of a war because it’s bloody and disheartening. Iraq, despite its countless failures, can still be a stable and more prosperous country.