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Every Day is Memorial Day: Trump Virus has killed as Many Americans as Died in Combat in the 4 Years of the Civil War

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Trump has helped kill 200,000 Americans. The US has 4% of the world's population but about 21% of its deaths. Global deaths are nearing the grim milestone of 1 million. For the world's sole superpower, the scientifically most advanced country in the world, to have met the test of the pandemic with such dismal results is shameful and tragic, but also criminal.

Our news feeds have been filled with an extra 200,000 obituaries. We have wept and mourned items like these:

32-year-old first-time mom dies from COVID-19 soon after giving birth to baby boy.

John Prine, country, folk legend, dies of coronavirus at age 73.

"She gave you hope": ICU nurse who cared for COVID-19 patients dies after getting virus.

Ellis Marsalis Jr., pianist, educator and patriarch of legendary musical family, dies of complications from coronavirus.

A legend at a Brooklyn hospital dies of COVID-19:"He ran into the fire": Dr James "Charlie" Mahoney led his team through the crisis at SUNY Downstate medical center's ICU, until his life was cut short by the virus.

Terrence McNally: Playwright dies of coronavirus complications.

Lee Fierro, famous for playing mother of shark victim in Jaws, dies at 91 from coronavirus complications.

Music legend and Palm Springs mainstay Trini Lopez dies at 83 of COVID-19 complications.

Annie Glenn, widow of famed astronaut John Glenn, dies at age 100 of COVID-19 complications.

Nick Cordero, Broadway Star Who Died of Coronavirus, Remembered During Emotional, Music-Filled Memorial.

NBC News: "How To Fathom 200,000 American Deaths From Covid-19 | NBC Nightly News"

We are numbed, but just imagine that these victims of the pandemic and of Trump's wildly mismanaged response to it were war dead. The magnitude of the casualties dwarfs most of America's major military engagements over the past 244 years.

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Juan Cole is an American academic and commentator on the modern Middle East and South Asia.  He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Since 2002, he has written a weblog, Informed Comment (more...)

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