Private: U.S. Gen. Franks: “We don’t do body counts”

Ira Chernus argues that we should bring back the body count.

While acknowledging that the body count during the Vietnam War “turned human beings into abstract numbers,” Chernus argues that it also “required soldiers to say to the world, ‘I killed human beings today. This is exactly how many I killed. I am obliged to count each and every one.'”

He mentions the Iraq Body Count, which SubIntSoc and others linked to several weeks back. The site keeps track of civilian casualties in Iraq.