Sunday, August 29, 2004

All about the medals: The Coalition clings to its lead 

Regular readers of TigerHawk know that we (me and my co-blogger) have been seeking to revive the power bloc medals rivalry that dominated the Cold War era. This year, at least, it seemed best to define those blocs to be the Coalition of the Willing and those countries who were Unwilling.

As of Sunday afternoon (Eastern time, USA), the official TigerHawk medals count reveals that Coalition of the Willing countries had won 473 medals, to 455 medals won by the Unwilling.

As previously discussed, the official TigerHawk count includes erstwhile coalition member Spain -- the Spanish shed blood in Iraq, after all, which fact we should not depreciate -- and shadow allies Israel and Taiwan. For those of you who do not agree that those three countries should be considered among the Willing, we offer an alternative "pro forma" medals count. Adjusted to move Spain, Israel and Taiwan to the Unwilling category (a total of 26 medals), the Coalition countries fall behind the Unwilling 447 to 481, respectively.

Since I'm not sure how many medals there are yet to issue, I will promulgate one final tally after the closing ceremony.

Finally we would be remiss if we did not give Brendan of The Facts Machine credit for this idea. We have perverted it to our own right-wing ends, of course, but that does not make it any less Brendan's idea.


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