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posted: 8/7/2014 5:01 AM

Israel not the worst of Mideast violence

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For readers who are too naive or prejudiced to think that all Middle East violence stems from Israeli's action in Gaza, allow me to remind them that the more than 160,000 people have died in the ongoing Syrian civil war, and the 1980s war between Iran and Iraq cost more than a million lives (source: June 30 Newsweek article by Michael Crowley). And on Aug. 1, The Associated Press revealed that more than 1,700 people were killed in Iraq during July 2014 (up from 800 killed in May), as the Islamic State group continues to overrun northern and western Iraq.

Larry Schneider

Buffalo Grove

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