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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Poster: Obstacle to peace



This one requires some documentation.

Here are the best numbers I could find in Arabs killing Arabs since 1948, mostly relying on Wikipedia.

War Year started Low estimate deaths High estimate deaths
Algeria civil war 1954 150000 800000
North Yemen Civil War - Egypt 1962 100000 126000
Black September, Jordan 1970 2000 25000
Sahara war 1975 10000 24000
Lebanese Civil War 1975 130000 250000
Libya Egypt war 1977 500 500
Iraq under Saddam 1979 600000 800000
Hama massacre, Syria 1982 17000 40000
South Yemen civil war 1986 10000 10000
Iraq invasion of Kuwait 1990 1000 2000
Yemen civil war 1994 7000 7000
Yemen - Sa'adah Insurgency 2004 5000 8300
Hamas-Fatah fighting 2006 600 600
Lebanon Camps 2007 275 275
TOTAL 1033375 2093675


As you can see, estimates vary wildly for many of these events. I pretty much took the midpoints for the purposes of the chart, estimating about 1.5 million Arab deaths. (There have been perhaps 60,000 Arabs killed in all the Arab/Israeli wars combined including the intifadas.)  I tried not to include Kurdish deaths nor those Arabs killed by the French during the Algerian war - much of that war was a civil war as well. I also did not include the Iran/Iraq war at all since that was not Arab on Arab violence, and Muslim on Muslim deaths is an entirely different set of numbers.